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Chizuko Yoshimizu

Transmission of the Mūlamadhyamakakārikā and the Prasannapadā to Tibet from Kashmir

Datum: Fr., 14. Juni, 17 Uhr
Ort: Institut für Kultur- und Geistesgeschichte Asiens, Seminarraum 1
Apostelgasse 23, 1030 Wien
Organisation: Helmut Krasser (IKGA)
Kooperation: FWF-NFN “The Cultural History of the Western Himalaya from the 8th century”

Thema/ Topic

From the end of the tenth century up to the twelfth century, Tibetans revived Buddhist tradition, which had deteriorated after the collapse of the ancient dynasty, by reintroducing scriptures and teachings from their neighboring countries. Kashmir, in particular, was the most familiar destination of Tibetan Buddhists at that time. A considerable number of Buddhist philosophical as well as tantric texts were introduced to Tibet from Kashmir by Tibetan translators and their Indian collaborators or Kashmiri pandits. So far, the historical circumstances of this event have been known to a certain degree through later Tibetan historical literatures as well as through the colophons of canonical texts. Now the series of the publication of newly discovered Tibetan manuscripts from this period, i.e., the bKa’ gdams gsung ’bum, is available, where we can expect to encounter valuable accounts which Tibetan witnesses tell us about Kashmiri and Tibetan Buddhists, and their activities of transmitting texts and thought. Consulting some of these manuscripts, i.e., three exegetical works attributed to Pa tshab Nyi ma grags (1055?-1145?), who translated Nāgārjuna’s Mūlamadhyamakakārikā as well as Candrakīrti’s commentary on it, viz., the Prasannapadā, in addition to a complete commentary on the Prasannapadā by Pa tshab’s disciple, Zhang Thang sag pa ’Byung gnas ye shes, I would like to depict how Nāgārjuna’s masterpiece and Candrakīrti’s interpretation were learned, transmitted, and introduced to Tibet from Kashmir.


Chizuko Yoshimizu is professor of religion and comparative philosophy at the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Tsukuba University, Japan. Her research covers Indian and Tibetan Buddhism and comparative thought. She is the author of Die Erkenntnislehre des Prāsaṅgika-Madhyamaka nach dem Tshig gsal stoṅ thun gyi tshad ma'i rnam bśad des 'Jam dbyaṅs bzhad pa'i rdo rje - Einleitung,Textanalyse, Übersetzung, Wiener Studien zur Tibetologie und Buddhismuskunde 37, Wien 1996, and Zhang Thang sag pa ’Byung gnas ye shes, dBu ma tshig gsal gyi ti ka, Part I, Studies in Tibetan Religious and Historical Texts, vol.1., STUDIA TIBETICA no. 46. The Toyo Bunko 2013.

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