Buddhist Logic. Vol. I by Th. Stcherbatsky

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Tanjur, Mdo, v. 115. A specimen of it is translated in Appendix IV. Stckerbatsky, I 3 34 BUDDHIST LOGIC fixing his residence in one of them. There he was teaching, composing his works, partaking in public disputations. Such disputations were an outstanding feature of public life in ancient India. They often were arranged with great pomp, in the presence of the king, of his court and a great attendance of monks and laymen. The existence and prosperity of the monastery were at stake. The authorized winner received the support of the king and of his government for his community, converts were made and new monasteries were founded.

The initial salutatory verse of the latter mentions, it is true, the great qualities of the Mahayanistic Buddha and identifies him with pure Logic, but this is only a conventional expression of reverential feelings, it has no theoretical importance. The aim of the school is to disclose the deep philosophic contents of the system of Dignaga and Dharmakirti, regardt ing it as a critical system of logic and epistemology. The school aims at development, improvement and perfectness of the system. The founder of the school was D h a r m o t t a r a , its seat Cashmere, its active members were often brahmins.

It is written in stanzas and prose. More than the half of the stanzas are borrowed from the principal work. The N y a y a - b i n d u is a further abridgment of the same subject. Both last works are in three chapters devoted to sense-perception, inference and syllogism respectively. The remaining four works are devoted to special problems. H e t u b i n d u is a short classification of logical reasons, S a m b a n d h a - p a n k s a — an examination of the problem of relations—a short tract in stanzas with the author's own comment, Cod an a - p r a k a r a n a — a treatise on the art of carrying on disputations and S a n t a n a n t a r a - s i d d h i — a treatise on the reality of other minds, directed against Solipsism.

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