Moonshadows: Conventional Truth in Buddhist Philosophy by The CowherdsMoonshadows: Conventional Truth in Buddhist Philosophy by The Cowherds

Moonshadows: Conventional Truth in Buddhist Philosophy

EditorThe Cowherds

Paperback | January 7, 2011

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The doctrine of the two truths - a conventional truth and an ultimate truth - is central to Buddhist metaphysics and epistemology. The two truths (or two realities), the distinction between them, and the relation between them is understood variously in different Buddhist schools and is ofspecial importance to the Madhyamaka school. The fundamental ideas are articulated with particular force by Nagarjuna (2nd-3rd century CE) who famously claims that the two truths are identical to one another, and yet distinct. One of the most influential interpretations of Nagarjuna's difficultdoctrine derives from the commentary of Candrakirti (6th century CE). While much attention has been devoted to explaining the nature of the ultimate truth in view of its special soteriological role, less has been paid to understanding the nature of conventional truth, which is often described as"deceptive," "illusion," or "truth for fools." But conventional truth is nonetheless truth. This book therefore asks, "what is true about conventional truth?" and "What are the implications of an understanding of conventional truth for our lives?"
The Cowherds are scholars of Buddhist studies from the United States, Great Britain, Switzerland, Korea, Australia and New Zealand. They are united by a commitment to rigorous philosophical analysis as an approach to understanding Buddhist metaphysics and epistemology, and to the union of philology and philosophy in the service of grea...
Title:Moonshadows: Conventional Truth in Buddhist PhilosophyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 0.91 inPublished:January 7, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199751439

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"[T]he present volume will remain an important contribution to students of Tibetan Buddhism and of the Madhyamaka tradition. Philosophically oriented scholars of religion will also find in it many insights regarding the place of the more common forms of human knowledge in the religiousphilosophical mind."--The Journal of Religion