Commentary on Valid Cognition

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Dharmakīrti

Commentary on Valid Cognition (Skt. Pramāṇavārttika; Tib. ཚད་མ་རྣམ་འགྲེལ་, tsema namdrel, Wyl. rigpawiki tshad ma rnam 'grel) — Dharmakirti rigpawiki's main treatise on pramana, the most important of his Seven Treatises on Valid Cognition.

Outline

It has four chapters:

  1. Inference (Tib. རང་དོན་རྗེས་སུ་དཔག་པ་, Wyl. rang don rjes su dpag pa)
  2. Valid cognition (Tib. ཚད་མ་གྲུབ་པ་, Wyl. tshad ma grub pa)
  3. Direct perception (Tib. མངོན་སུམ་, Wyl. mngon sum)
  4. Logic (Tib. གཞན་གྱི་དོན་, Wyl. gzhan gyi don)

In the second chapter, Dharmakirti uses logic to prove the validity of the Buddhist path.

Tibetan Text

Commentaries

Indian

  • Dharmakirti himself wrote a long commentary on the first chapter. It is known as the Svopajñaṛtti, or Svavṛtti (Wyl. rang 'grel)
  • Devendrabuddhi, Pramāṇavārttikapañjikā'
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Tibetan

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  • Karmapa Chödrak Gyatso, Establishing Validity: The First Chapter of Karmapa Chodrak Gyatso’s Ocean of Literature on Logic and the Corresponding Chapter from Dharmakirti’s Commentary on Validity

Translations

  • The controversial scholar Gendün Chöpel apparently translated the text into English, but sadly this work has been lost.
  • Nagatomi, Masatoshi. A Study of Dharmakīrti's Pramāṇavārttika: An English Translation and Annotation of the Pramāṇavārttika Book I, PhD dissertation, Harvard University, 1957.

Quotations

Template:Tibquote The nature of mind is clear light,
Defilements are only adventitious.

Dharmakīrti, Commentary on Valid Cognition, chapter II


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www.rigpawiki.org Quotations: Dharmakirti, Commentary on Valid Cognition, The nature of the mind is clear light Template:Tibquote When there is an “I”, there is a perception of other,
And from the ideas of self and other come attachment and aversion,
As a result of getting wrapped up in these,
All possible faults come into being.

Dharmakīrti, Commentary on Valid Cognition, chapter II


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www.rigpawiki.org Quotations: Dharmakirti, Commentary on Valid Cognition, All faults come from the idea of "I" Template:Tibquote That which can ultimately perform a function
Is here said to be ultimately existent.
All else besides has relative existence.

Dharmakīrti, Commentary on Valid Cognition, chapter III, 3


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www.rigpawiki.org Quotations: Dharmakirti, Commentary on Valid Cognition, That which performs a function is ultimately existent

Further Reading

  • John D. Dunne, Foundations of Dharmakirti's Philosophy, Wisdom Publications, 2004
  • Tillemans, Tom J.F.: "Dharmakīrti's Pramāṇavārttika. An annotated translation of the fourth chapter (parārthānumāna). Volume 1 (k. 1-148)". Sitzungsberichte der philosophisch-historischen Klasse der österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften 675. Band. Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften (Vienna) 2000

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www.rigpawiki.org Commentary on Valid Cognition