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142285 UE Words for compound objects in Dignaga’s apoha theory (2021W)

Jinendrabuddhi's Pramanasamuccayatika, Chapter V

Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung


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max. 24 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch



Ab Fr 15.10: 9:00-10:30 (weiterhin auf Zoom)

Zuvor: Fr, 10:00-11:30, online Veranstaltung via Moodle/Zoom (siehe Moodle), ab 8.10.


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Dignāga's Pramāṇasamuccaya (ca. sixth century CE) is our earliest
complete witness to the school of systematic philosophical analysis
known as the logico-epistemological tradition of Buddhism. There are,
however, serious obstacles to understanding this text. First, the
Pramāṇasamuccaya is a “Summary of pramāṇa”, and as such states
Dignāga’s ideas, but does not explain them in great detail. Second,
the text survives only in two Tibetan translations that are of very
low quality and therefore very limited usefulness.

Jinendrabuddhi's Viśālāmalavatī Pramāṇasamuccayaṭīkā (perhaps eighth
or ninth century CE) is the only preserved word-by-word commentary in
Sanskrit on Dignāga’s important text. It largely mitigates the two
obstacles to understanding Dignāga’s “Summary”: it provides much of
the original Sanskrit in its quotes from, and paraphrases of, the root
text; and it explains the background of many of Dignāga’s ideas.
This, along with Jinendrabuddhi’s frequent quotes from otherwise
unavailable works, makes his commentary an immensely rich source for
understanding the history of the Buddhist epistemological tradition.

The primary goal of this class is to edit and translate the Sanskrit
text of the fifth chapter of Jinendrabuddhi's commentary. This
chapter deals with verbal cognition and its objects, Dignāga’s famous
/apoha/ theory. Participants will become acquainted with
philological-historical methods and editorial techniques, and are
encouraged to participate in discussions led by the main editors.

In the winter term 2021, we will read Jinendrabuddhi's commentary on
Dignāga's Pramāṇasamuccaya 5 starting with v. 16. Dignāga there
discusses the reference of compound expressions to compound objects:
how does “blue lotus” refer to something that is both blue and a lotus?

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Grades are based on the active oral participation in the class and the written translation of selected passages.

(Updated: 2021-11-12)

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Minimum requirements for a positive grade: active participation in the course and a paper satisfying the requirements defined by the course instructors. Attendance is compulsory; up to two absences without notice will be excused.

Assessment standard: Every performance component will receive a grade. Active participation accounts for 70% and the written paper for 30% of the course's grade.

(Updated: 2021-11-12)


Not applicable.


- Ole Holten Pind, Dignāga’s Philosophy of Language:
Pramāṇasamuccayavṛtti on anyāpoha. Part I and Part II. (BKGA 92.)
VÖAW, 2015. https://verlag.oeaw.ac.at/digngas-philosophy-of-language
- Ole Holten Pind, Dignāga’s Philosophy of Language - Dignāga on
anyāpoha. Diss. Vienna 2009. http://othes.univie.ac.at/8283/
- Masaaki Hattori, The Pramāṇasamuccayavṛtti of Dignāga with
Jinendrabuddhi’s commentary, chapter five: Anyāpoha-Parīkṣā. Tibetan
text with Sanskrit fragments. Kyoto
1982. http://hdl.handle.net/2433/73013
- Scans of the Tibetan translation of the Pramāṇasamuccayaṭīkā are
available online (from within the University of Vienna’s data
- Derge: https://www.tbrc.org/#library_work_ViewInWIndow-W23703|1509|193|1|1|630
- Peking: https://www.tbrc.org/#library_work_ViewInWIndow-W1KG13126|I1KG13372|203|1|1|719

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Letzte Änderung: Fr 12.11.2021 12:08