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Status of Conventional Truth in Tsong khapa's Madhyamika philosophy


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Thakchoe, S (2007) Status of Conventional Truth in Tsong khapa's Madhyamika philosophy. Contemporary Buddhism, 8 (1). pp. 31-47. ISSN 1463-9947

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This paper examines how and why conventional truth is, in Tsong khapa’s view, false
and deceptive yet indeed truth that stands shoulder to shoulder with ultimate truth. The
first part of the paper establishes the complementary nature of the two truths by
responding to the question ‘Why is conventional truth “truth” at all?’ The discussion in
the second part examines the uses of conventional discourse within the Ma¯dhyamika
philosophical framework—partly by discussing Tsong khapa’s response to the question
‘Why is conventional truth “false” and “deceptive”?’, and partly by considering his views
on the application of the worldly convention within the Pra¯sangika Ma¯dhyamika

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Thakchoe, S
Journal or Publication Title: Contemporary Buddhism
Publisher: Routledge
Page Range: pp. 31-47
ISSN: 1463-9947
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1080/14639940701295070
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Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2008 14:10
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:33
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