[INDOLOGY] New book: Candrakī rti's introduction to the Middle Way. A Guide

David and Nancy Reigle dnreigle at gmail.com
Sun Jan 21 19:17:11 UTC 2024

Dear Jan,

Thank you for letting us know about this new book of yours. Regarding the
series it is published in, you say "These are meant to be read alongside
the texts themselves." Is there a particular translation of the
*Madhyamakāvat**ā**ra* that you correlated your book to? The several that I
know of were all made from the Tibetan translation, before the Sanskrit
original was discovered and its first six chapters were published. Thanks.

Best regards,

David Reigle
Colorado, U.S.A.

On Sat, Jan 20, 2024 at 11:37 AM Jan Westerhoff via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> Dear Colleagues,
> some of you might be interested in this new book of mine, which has just
> come out:
> Candrakīrti's Introduction to the Middle Way. A Guide.
> Oxford University Press 2024, 296 pages, ISBN: 9780197612347.
> https://global.oup.com/academic/product/candrakrtis-introduction-to-the-middle-way-9780197612347?cc=us&lang=en#
> This volume is part of the "Oxford Guides to Philosophy" series, a set of
> volumes introducing classical philosophical texts. These are meant to be
> read alongside the texts themselves; my commentary focuses on the
> philosophical content of the text, using Candrakīrti's
> auto-commentary as the main explicatory resource.
> From the blurb:
> Candrakīrti's Introduction to the Middle Way
> (Madhyamakāvatāra) is a central work of Buddhist philosophy for
> two reasons. First, it provides an introduction to Madhyamaka, one of the
> three major philosophical schools of Buddhist thought (the other two being
> Abhidharma and Yogācāra). Second, within Madhyamaka,
> Candrakīrti's text occupies a very prominent role. This is primarily
> due to its enormous influence in Tibet, where Candrakīrti's work
> became the main entry-point into the study of Madhyamaka thought. While
> the historical importance of the Introduction to the Middle Way for
> understanding a major section of Buddhist thought is evident, what makes
> it particularly interesting for students is the role it plays as an
> 'introduction'. It is one of Candrakīrti's earlier works and presents
> a comprehensive guide to the key philosophical ideas and problems of
> Madhyamaka thought.
> Best wishes
> Jan Westerhoff
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