How many truths? Are there two truths or one in the Tibetan Prāsa[ndot]gika Madhyamaka?

Contemporary Buddhism 5 (2):121-141 (2004)


The paper demonstrates that the Tibetan Prāsaṅgika Madhyamaka offers both pluralistic and monistic paradigms for interpreting the Mādhyamika's doctrine of the two truths. Tsong khapa’s interpretation, the paper argues, represents pluralistic a model while Go rampa’s interpretation a monistic model. The arguments are considered through two separate moves. The first move forms the basis for the second. In the first move the papers explores the arguments relating to the ‘basis of the division of the truths’. While the second move integrates the essence of the discussions in the first move to explicitly examine Tsong khapa and Go rampa’s views concerning the key question: Are there really two truths or just one?

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Sonam Thakchoe
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