Candrakīrti

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ཟླ་བ་གྲགས་པ་
Wylie zla ba grags pa
Romanized Sanskrit Candrakīrti
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Dates
Birth:   c. 570
Death:   c. 640


Tibetan calendar dates

About
Religious Affiliation
Nalanda; Prāsaṅgika Madhyamaka
Teachers
Nāgārjuna · Āryadeva
Links
BDRC Link
https://www.tbrc.org/#!rid=P5782
Wiki Pages


Buddha Nature Project
Person description or short bio
An important Madhyamaka master and commentator on the works of Nāgārjuna and Āryadeva, associated especially with what would later be known as the Prāsaṅgika branch of Madhyamaka. Very little is known about his life; according to Tibetan sources, he was from south India and a student of Kamalabuddhi. He may have been a monk of Nālandā. He wrote commentaries on Nāgārjuna’s Yuktiṣaṣṭikā and Śūnyatāsaptati as well as Āryadeva's Catuḥśataka. His two most famous and influential works, however, are his Prasannapadā (Clear Words), which is a commentary on Nāgārjuna's Mūlamadhyamakakārikā, and his Madhyamakāvatāra (Entrance to the Middle Way). (Source: "Candrakīrti." In The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism, 165. Princeton University Press, 2014. http://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt46n41q.27.)

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Is Buddha-nature considered definitive or provisional?
Position: Provisional
Notes: "Buddha nature was taught merely as a means of temporarily easing ordinary persons of their fear of selflessness and of attracting non-Buddhists." Kano, K. Buddha-Nature and Emptiness, p. 9.
All beings have Buddha-nature
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If "Qualified", explain:
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Which Wheel Turning
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Yogācāra vs Madhyamaka
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Zhentong vs Rangtong
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Promotes how many vehicles?
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Analytic vs Meditative Tradition
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What is Buddha-nature?
Position: Tathāgatagarbha was Taught Merely to Encourage Sentient Beings to Enter the Path
Notes: "Buddha nature was taught merely as a means of temporarily easing ordinary persons of their fear of selflessness and of attracting non-Buddhists." Kano, K. Buddha-Nature and Emptiness, p. 9.
Svātantrika (རང་རྒྱུད་) vs Prāsaṅgika (ཐལ་འགྱུར་པ་)
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Causal nature of the vajrapāda
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