beautiful breath wrote:
Oh, I stand corrected. I was labouring under the thought that he and Shantideva refuted what I understand as the Theravada take on Emptiness that might not go as far as the Prasangikas. I guess if he wasn't even aware of Theravada then how could he......
...actually how could he not be aware of the Theravada schools as they pre-date Mahayana per se???
The idea that the Theravada schools predate Mahayana is not correct. The early Sravaka schools were not Theravada. Theravada is the further development of one of 16 early schools.
Tsongkhapa was unaware of the existence of any functional Sravaka school because none existed in Tibet or Nepal in the 1300's.
Shantideva, on the other hand, did refute the Sravaka schools view and did definitely have contact with people who held those views. However Shantideva's works may be polemics wrt the views rather than what we would now regard as serious introspection and analysis.