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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Four Buddhist Rules of Textual Interpretation

1. The doctrine (dharma) over the person ( presenting it; 
2. The spirit (artha) of the text over the words (vya~njana) in which it is presented; 
3. The precise meanings (nitaartha) over our interpretations (neyaartha) thereof; 
4. Direct or immediate knowledge (j~naana) over mediated, discursive consciousness (vij~naana).

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