Maps of the Profound?

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Maps of the Profound?

Postby LionelChen » Mon May 20, 2013 3:29 pm

I was just wondering if anyone has had the opportunity to either purchase or peruse a copy and might be willing to offer a short review.

I'm rather interested in Tibetan Buddhism's reflexive understanding of other Indian philosophical schools and each others, but i'm unsure as to how or where to approach the subject matter.

Hopkin's Maps of the Profound seems like something right up my alley, if a bit from the Gelug perspective.
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Re: Maps of the Profound?

Postby Wayfarer » Mon May 20, 2013 11:30 pm

I happened across that book in very good condition at a second-hand bookstore last year, and read some sections of it. But I decided it is a very advanced book - also extremely long - and not the kind of book one can really study profitably alone, unless you're a very advanced scholar. So I donated my copy to the Buddhist Library in Sydney.
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Re: Maps of the Profound?

Postby Greg » Tue May 21, 2013 4:13 am

LionelChen wrote:I was just wondering if anyone has had the opportunity to either purchase or peruse a copy and might be willing to offer a short review.

I'm rather interested in Tibetan Buddhism's reflexive understanding of other Indian philosophical schools and each others, but i'm unsure as to how or where to approach the subject matter.

Hopkin's Maps of the Profound seems like something right up my alley, if a bit from the Gelug perspective.


Library Genesis has it, in the event that you want to peruse a copy before you purchase.
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Re: Maps of the Profound?

Postby goodie » Sun Jul 14, 2013 9:08 pm

I have it. This book describes various non-Buddhist and Buddhist tenets. If you like this topic and you want a lot of details, then this book is for you. If you are not sure or don't know much about tenets yet, then it might be better to start with something simpler. For example: http://www.amazon.com/Cutting-Through-A ... 0937938815
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Re: Maps of the Profound?

Postby Ramon1920 » Fri Jul 19, 2013 1:02 am

Je Tsongkhapa had teachers from many different lineages. He made a lot of effort to compile the teachings clearly and comprehensively. Gelukpas have put a lot of effort into keeping things in order.

The difference between schools is over exaggerated. If you look at the lineage lines of transmissions they go through a lot of the same people. And then practically, you look at the lineage holders and they've received teachings from people from different schools. If there was some big conflict in the instructions they wouldn't be able to do that.
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Re: Maps of the Profound?

Postby goodie » Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:07 am

Ramon1920 wrote:Je Tsongkhapa had teachers from many different lineages. He made a lot of effort to compile the teachings clearly and comprehensively. Gelukpas have put a lot of effort into keeping things in order.

The difference between schools is over exaggerated. If you look at the lineage lines of transmissions they go through a lot of the same people. And then practically, you look at the lineage holders and they've received teachings from people from different schools. If there was some big conflict in the instructions they wouldn't be able to do that.

Yes, but the book is describing Indian Buddhist tenets (Vaibhasika, Sautrantika, Chittamatra and Madhyamika), not Tibetan schools (Nyingma, Kagyu, Sakya, Gelug).
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