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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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Scholasticism and Orality

Scholasticism and Orality

Myth and Reality

(p.149) 7 Scholasticism and Orality
The Sound of Two Hands Clapping

Georges B. J. Dreyfus

University of California Press

Scholasticism revolves around the interpretation of constitutive texts in light of commentaries. This chapter examines the nature of interpretation that Tibetan scholastic practices presuppose and the tools that support such practices. In the Western medieval tradition, the core practice was the lecture (lectio), which includes both reading and the lecture proper. The lecture was supplemented by the disputation (disputatio), during which students debated questions raised by the lecture. But because of its double meaning, lectio signals the connection between aural practice and reading, a connection that may surprise those of us accustomed to think of reading as silent and solitary. The chapter discusses the connections between commentary, reading, and orality in the Tibetan scholastic tradition. The role of oral commentary can be better understood by relating it to notions of authority, the continuity of the tradition, and the transmission of the teaching.

Keywords:   scholasticism, lecture, reading, disputation, oral commentary, orality, authority, transmission

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