The Buddhist Theory of Self-Cognition

1st Edition

Zhihua Yao

Routledge
Published April 29, 2009
Reference - 200 Pages - 4 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415544382 - CAT# Y102129
Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

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Summary

This highly original work explores the concept of self-awareness or self-consciousness in Buddhist thought. Its central thesis is that the Buddhist theory of self-cognition originated in a soteriological discussion of omniscience among the Mahasamghikas, and then evolved into a topic of epistemological inquiry among the Yogacarins. To illustrate this central theme, this book explores a large body of primary sources in Chinese, Pali, Sanskrit and Tibetan, most of which are presented to an English readership for the first time. It makes available important resources for the study of the Buddhist philosophy of mind.

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