Contents: I. Translation: the great digest: 1. Preamble. 2. Introduction. II. The doctrines of the Yogacara school: 1. Yogacara metaphysics and hermeneutics. III. The Doctrines of the Madhyamaka school: 1. The sources of the Madhyamaka school. 2. A general introduction to the Madhyamaka. IV. The doctrines of the Svatantrika school: 1. The logic of the Svatantrika critique. V. The doctrines of the Prasangika school: 1. A General exposition of Prasangika tenets. 2. Sravakas and Pratyekabuddhas understand reality. 3. The status of inference in the Madhyamaka. 4. Madhyamaka logical strategies and related polemics. 5. Other unique tenets of the Prasangika school. 6. The two truths and their cognition. Conclusion. Appendices. Notes. Glossary. Bibliography. Indices.
"This book is an annotated translation of one of the great Tibetan classics of Mahayana Buddhist thought, mKhas grub rje's sTong thun chen mo. The text is a detailed critical exposition of the theory and practice of emptiness as expounded in the three major school of Mahayana Buddhist philosophy: The Yogacara, Svatantrika, and Prasangika. Used as a supplement to the scholastic debating manuals in some of the greatest monasteries of Tibet, the sTong thun chen mo is a veritable encyclopedia of Mahayana Buddhist philosophical, dealing with such topics as hermeneutics, the theory of non-duality, the linguistic interpretation of emptiness, the typology of ignorance, logic, the nature of time, and the perception of matter across world spheres. This book is an indispensable source for understanding the Tibetan dGe lugs pa school's synthesis of the Middle Way (Madhyamaka) and Epistemological (Pramanika) traditions of Indian Buddhism. In addition, it is an unprecedented source for the philosophical polemics of fifteenth century Tibet.
"It is encyclopedic and covers the most important ideas in the whole fabric of Indian Mahayana-Tibetan Buddhism. It brings to sharp relief the many debates, controversies, and variant interpretations of the key issues. Some of the elucidations are only found in these Tibetan sources and thus increases the value of this work." (jacket)