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Conceptuality in question : teaching and cognition in Yogacara-Madhymaka.

Ram-Prasad, Chakravarthi (2000) Conceptuality in question : teaching and cognition in Yogacara-Madhymaka. Religious Studies, 36 (3). pp. 277-291. ISSN 1465-901X

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Abstract

For Yogacara-Madhyamaka, enlightenment is free of the mistaken conceptual construction of subject and objects of desire. The Buddha's awakening was a state purified of concepts, without desire and suffering. But, subsequently, he compassionately taught of awakening, and teaching is conceptual. Can enlightenment be both cognitively pure and concept-utilizing? To secure cognitive purity while teaching, the philosophers argue that the enlightened person is cleansed of desire for subject and objects, rather than strictly free of concepts of subject and objects. To secure teaching after the attainment of pure cognition, they allow conceptuality, so long as it is free of desire.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Religious Studies
Uncontrolled Keywords: http ; //journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=RES The final ; definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal ; Religious Studies ; 36 (3) ; pp 277-291 2000 ; © 2000 Cambridge University Press.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 14526
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 21 Oct 2008 10:00
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2016 00:03
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/14526

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