Georges B.J. Dreyfus
Georges Dreyfus is author of The Svātantrika-Prāsaṅgika Distinction and a member of the editorial board for the Studies in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism series. He was the first Westerner to receive the title of Geshe after spending fifteen years studying in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries. He then entered the University of Virginia where he received his Ph.D. in the History of Religions program. He is currently Professor of Religion of the Department of Religion at Williams College. His publications include Recognizing Reality: Dharmakirti and his Tibetan Interpreters (Albany: SUNY Press, 1997), The Svatantrika-Prasangika Distinction (Co-edited with Sara McClintock, Boston: Wisdom, 2003), and The Sound of Two Hands Clapping: the Education of a Tibetan Buddhist Monk (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003), as well as many articles on various aspects of Buddhist philosophy and Tibetan culture. He is the recipient of various awards such as a National Endowment for the Humanities.
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The Svātantrika-Prāsaṅgika Distinction
Madhyamaka, or “Middle Way,” philosophy came to Tibet from India and became the basis of all of Tibetan Buddhism. The Tibetans, however, differentiated two streams of Madhyamaka philosophy—Svātantrika and Prāsaṅgika. In this collection, leading scholars in the field address the distinction on various levels, including the philosophical import for both Indian and Tibetan Madhyamaka and the historical development of the distinction itself.
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