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The two truths and different tenets

The two truths and different tenets

Part of a series of teachings given from March 6-11, 2010, at Sravasti Abbey.

  • Two truths as presented in the different tenet systems
  • The Vaibhashika view: if the awareness of something does not operate after that thing is destroyed or mentally separated into other parts, that thing just exists conventionally (reducible)
  • A phenomenon such that, if it were physically destroyed or mentally separated into parts, the consciousness apprehending it would not be canceled is an ultimate truth (irreducible)
  • The definitions of the two truths, even in this system, are from the point of view of mind

Guy Newland on the Two Truths 05: Different tenet systems (download)

Part 5.1

Part 5.2

Dr. Guy Newland

Guy Newland, a student of Jeffrey Hopkins, is a scholar of Tibetan Buddhism who has been a professor at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan since 1988. He served as Chairperson of Central Michigan University's Department of Philosophy and Religion during the periods 2000-2003 and 2006-2009. He was elected to the Mount Pleasant Board of Education in July 2003 and served until December 2007, including six months as President of the Board and one year as Secretary.

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