Jinendrabuddhi's Pramāṇasamuccayaṭīkā

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Diplomatic and critical editions

Research: Helmut Krasser, Horst Lasic, Ernst Steinkellner

Jinendrabuddhi's Pramāṇasamuccayaṭīkā , written in the second half of the 8th century CE, is the only known commentary on Dignāga's Pramāṇasamuccaya, the fundamental text of the Buddhist epistemological tradition. On the basis of photocopies held by the China Tibetology Research Center, Beijing, of a complete codex unicus that has survived in Lhasa of the Sanskrit original of this Indian commentary, diplomatic and critical editions of all six chapters (perception, inference, proof, example, concept, futile rejoinders) are under preparation. Chapter 1 was published as the first volume of the STTAR series in August 2005:

See also the KWIC Index on this chapter, provided by Motoi Ono and Jun Takashima.

Collection and Editing of Fragments of the Early Classical Indian Philosophical Literature from Jinendrabuddhi's Pramāṇasamuccayaṭīkā

Research: Ernst Steinkellner

In the polemical sections of his Pramāṇasamuccaya, Dignāga, the founder of the Buddhist epistemological tradition, refutes the relevant theories of the leading non-Buddhist philosophical traditions of his time: Nyāya, Vaiśeṣika, Sāṅkhya, Mīmāņsā, as well as the Vādavidhi of his predecessor Vasubandhu. In explaining Dignāga's text, Jinendrabuddhi also draws upon a wealth of literature from these schools, quoting and reporting abundantly. The value of these citations and reports for the history of Indian philosophy has been well known since E. Frauwallner's articles on the Vādavidhi (1957) and the Ṣaṣṭitantra (1958). However, until now his seminal efforts were not continued. Jinendrabuddhi’s unique Sanskrit commentary that has recently become available allows a critical and comprehensive extraction and edition of these inestimable sources. An example of the type of edition that is intended can be seen in the paper by Steinkellner "The Ṣaṣṭitantra on Perception. A Collection of Fragments," Asiatische Studien 1999, 667-677.

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