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A summary of Dignaga's work from Potter's Encyclopedia of Indian philosophies v.9
A summary of Dignaga's work from Potter's Encyclopedia of Indian philosophies v.9

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[Potter,
 Encyclopedia of Indian Philosophies
v. 9 pp. 312-368]
Summaries of Dign
ā
 ga’s Works
Potter’s
 Encyclopedia
(vol 9) entry His pg. This:
107.
 Abhidharmako
 ś
a-Marma(pra)d 
ī 
 pa
313 1108.
 Ā 
lambanapar 
ī 
 ṣā
 
314 2109.
 Hastav
ā
lan
ā
maprakara
av
ṛ 
tti
318 7110.
 Hetucakra
319 8111.
 Ny
ā
 yamukha
320 9112.
 Prajñ
ā
 p
ā
ramit 
ā
 pi
ṇḍā
rtha
322 11113.
 Pram
āṇ
asamuccaya
328 18113.1
 Pratyak 
 ṣ
a
328 18113.2
Sv
ā
rth
ā
num
ā
na
337 27113.3
 Par 
ā
rth
ā
num
ā
na
342 32113.4
 D
ṛṣṭā
nta
347 36113.5
 Apohapar 
ī 
 ṣā
 
349 39113.6
 J 
ā
ti
360 48114.
Up
ā
ā
 yaprajñaptiprakara
a
362 51115.
Traik 
ā
lyapar 
ī 
 ṣā
 
367 56116.
ā
m
ā
nyalak 
 ṣ
a
apar 
ī 
 ṣā
 
367 56117.
 Ny
ā
 yapar 
ī 
 ṣā
 
368 56118.
 R
ā
 japarikath
ā
ratnam
ā
ā
 s
ū
tra
(510?) 368 56(ascribed to N
ā
g
ā
rjuna)119.
Vivara
a
(Triratnad
ā
sa) 368 56(on Dign
ā
ga’s
 Prajñ
ā
 p
ā
rarmit 
ā
 pi
ṇḍā
rtha
)
 Endnotes
605 57
 
 
The font used in this version is New Times Roman with all diacritical marks correctly usedin unicode (the previous versions used “TCC Times”). All spelling mistakes (includingtransliterated words), have been corrected.Potter’s
 Encyclopedia of Indian Philosophies vol 9
 page numbers are enclosed in brackets[328]. Each paragraph in this edition
 have not
been indented for simplicity of editing, andthe numbered endnotes in the original “Potter-Summary” has been reinserted and theendnotes follow the main text, e.g.
[146]
.Punctuation has been edited to conform with american conventions.
this revision 20130615
 
 
Potter Summary of Dign
ā
ga Works 1
[312]DIGN
Ā
GA (510)The name of the native home of this important philosopher, the original“Buddhist Logician,” is given to us as Si
havaktra near K 
ā
ñc
 ī 
(modernConjeveram). According to Tibetan tradition he lived in a cave on Bhora
ś
aila inOrissa and sojourned in Nalanda, but Hsüan-tsang is reported to have found ahill in Andhra near Vangi in the West Godavari district, and that Dign
ā
ga was born in Simhapura or Nellore
[135]
. K.S. Murty (
 Amala Prajñ
ā
: Aspects of  Buddhist Studies.
 
 Professor P.V. Bapat Felicitation Volume
(Delhi 1989, p. 356)says that Dign
ā
ga founded sixteen Mah
ā
vih
ā
ras, and gives more historicalinformation. He summarily states that Dign
ā
ga was born in “a suburb of Kañcipura, resided for some time in Orissa... mostly lived in Andhra ... died in aforest in Orissa.”There is an extensive critical literature dealing with Dign
ā
ga’s logic,epistemology and philosophy of language. [313]107. DIGN
Ā
GA,
 Marma(pra)d 
ī 
 pa
on Vasubandhu’s
 Abhidharmako
 ś
a
Summary by Mark TatzDign
ā
ga’s commentary (
ṛ 
tti
) on the
 Abhidharmako
 ś
a
of Vasubandhu isentitled
 Marmad 
ī 
 pa
(var.
 Marmaprad 
ī 
 pa
)—that is to say, a presentation of crucial points. This commentary is known only from Tibetan sources, andsurvives in the Tibetan Sacred Canon (
 Bstan-’gyur 
). Toh. no. 4095, Derge Nyu95b.l-214a.7 in a translation by the Indian pandit *Yogacandra (Rnal-’byor-zla- ba) in collaboration with the Tibetan translator ’Jam-dpal-gzhon-nu, entitled
Gnad-kyi-sgron-ma
. This data is borne out by the Zhwa-lu catalogue of Bu-ston(
Collected Works
, ed. L. Chandra, 26, 608.7).Dign
ā
ga is a direct disciple of Vasubandhu, according to the Tibetan historians.This view is probably a deduction, at least in part, from the nature of the
 Marmad 
ī 
 pa
, which is nothing but derivative of Vasubandhu’s source work. (Butthe Jain scholar Si
has
ū
ri also recognizes their 
 guru
-disciple relationship
[136]
)
.Dign
ā
ga has reduced the
 Abhidharmako
 ś
a
to a handbook, reproducing word-for-word the main comments of Vasubandhu’s
 Bh
āṣ
 ya
upon the
ā
rik 
ā
 s
. (TheTibetan translations of the two works also correspond). In effect, Dign
ā
ga presents the first sentences of each topic, deleting the derivative discussions andthe accounts of how the various Abhidharmists and their followers differ on

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