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The Sound of Two Hands ClappingThe Education of a Tibetan Buddhist Monk$
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Georges B.J. Dreyfus

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520232594

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520232594.001.0001

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Conclusion Past and Future Uncertainties

Conclusion Past and Future Uncertainties

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(p.325) Conclusion Past and Future Uncertainties
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The Sound of Two Hands Clapping
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Georges B. J. Dreyfus

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520232594.003.0016

This book has explored the traditional aspects of Tibetan monastic education. It has argued that scholasticism is characterized by three types of practice. First, scholasticism, which is memorial rather than documentary, gives memorization an important role, Second, scholasticism relies on commentary through which the tradition is transmitted, interpreted, and enshrined. Third, scholasticism in Tibet involves debate, which provides room for inquiry in a tradition in which truth is not discovered but rather is transmitted. In delineating the particular features of Tibetan scholasticism, this book has focused on the ways in which commentary and debate support the dialectic of authority and freedom that it sees as a central dynamic of scholastic traditions. It has also described the constitutive role of the great Tibetan texts, the root texts (often memorized) that delineate the outlines of the tradition. One of the striking features of Tibetan scholasticism that this book has yet to discuss is the degree to which even today its practices have remained unaffected by modernity.

Keywords:   Tibet, monastic education, memorization, commentary, debate, inquiry, authority, freedom, texts, modernity

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