conebeckham wrote:I think it would be more clear to specifically say that you are using a very specific interpretation of so-called "Madhyamaka." I gather from a little research that you've also used Shakespeare as a basis for reflecting some sort of "spiritual truth" if, in fact, this is your work as well.
https://www.amazon.com/Quintessence-Dus ... 059531337X
I have no real ax to grind, despite what you or others might think, regarding your projects. But the main point of most of your critics must be understood--that main point is that, for the majority of Tibetan Buddhists, and perhaps for the majority of Buddhists, the idea that there is anything germane to be said about the physical world, the material world, phenomena in general, apart from their emptiness, to be found in Madhyamaka is not an acceptable statement. Simply stated, under no analysis phenomena appear and function. Once one subjects any phenomena to an analysis using Madhyamaka, no ontological statement whatsoever can be made. It really does boil down to the crux of "conventional existence" and what that means. Some here have said that they have no problem asserting a mode of existence to phenomena, while others of us have made it clear that any such assertion is flawed. If the latter is true, then your project is due to fail--under our understanding of Madhyamaka, Prajnaparamita, etc.
So if you are addressing the general public, I would recommend changing the title of this whole project to "How Tsong Khapa's Madhyamaka Philosophy Solves the Mystery of Quantum Physics."
If I change the title as you suggest, it would almost mean that quantum physics provides scientific evidence that Lama Tsongkhapa is correct. Perhaps that really is the case, but are you sure you want me to suggest that?
In any case, you are continuing to misrepresent the Madhyamaka interpretation according to Chandrakirti, Shantideva and Lama Tsongkhapa. I have already made this plea earlier. Please try to represent an interpretation correctly before criticising it. Otherwise it just causes confusion for no good reason.
I do not have access to a computer or good internet connection at the moment, so it is hard for me to respond to posts at this time.
(Also, I am the author of "Quintessence of Dust: The Mystical Meaning of Hamlet" but I am certainly not using Shakespeare to interpret Madhyamaka.)