What was Tsongkhapa refuting re Theravada?

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What was Tsongkhapa refuting re Theravada?

Postby beautiful breath » Mon Jul 22, 2013 12:25 pm

Hi all,

Exactly what was he refuting? Was it the Dhammas or realities that the Theravadin schools contend exist?

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Re: What was Tsongkhapa refuting re Theravada?

Postby Anders » Mon Jul 22, 2013 12:49 pm

Most likely it wasn't Theravada he refuted but rather one of the other pre-mahayana schools.
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Re: What was Tsongkhapa refuting re Theravada?

Postby kirtu » Mon Jul 22, 2013 2:18 pm



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Re: What was Tsongkhapa refuting re Theravada?

Postby Jinzang » Tue Jul 23, 2013 2:11 am

Tsangkhapa was mostly concerned with refuting other interpretations of the Madhyamika then prevalent in Tibet. Like other Tibetan scholars, he refuted the lower philosophical schools of Buddhism as well as Hindu schools. But these were straw men, as there was nobody in Tibet who held these positions. I sometimes wonder if actual Hindus would recognize the views that Buddhists say they hold in their polemics.
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Re: What was Tsongkhapa refuting re Theravada?

Postby beautiful breath » Wed Jul 24, 2013 9:34 am

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??? :shrug:

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Re: What was Tsongkhapa refuting re Theravada?

Postby kirtu » Wed Jul 24, 2013 1:34 pm



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