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The two truths: Conclusion

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

  • Tsongkhapa’s interpretation of Chandrakirti
  • Ultimate cessation (nirvana) as being a conventional truth and both an object and an attribute
  • Debate between Tsongkhapa and Bhavaviveka, why Bhavaviveka was wrong when accusing Tsongkhapa of being a Svatantrika and when accusing Chandrakirti of being a nihilist
  • The basis of designation and conventional agreement
  • What the Svatantrikas mean when they say that there’s got to be something on the side of the mind, it’s not 100% on the side of the object
  • Why cessations aren’t produced
  • How the basis of designation can be established by unimpaired senses

Guy Newland on the Two Truths 11: Conclusion (download)

Part 11.1

Part 11.2

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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