Name for a certain category of text

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Name for a certain category of text

Post by dolphin_color » Thu May 23, 2019 4:59 am

Hi, I'm fairly sure that a text like the Mūlamadhyamakakārikā is not considered a sutra. There are other texts like this (e.g. the Lamrim Chenmo) that are not strictly sutras, but are considered authoritative foundations for practice. So, does the Tibetan tradition have a category for such texts? If not "sutra", what do we call them? Of course, there's the issue of whether a text is in the "sutric" tradition, and is therefore effectively a sutra.

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Re: Name for a certain category of text

Post by Konchog1 » Thu May 23, 2019 6:34 am

Shastra which is a commentary or treatise.

All the Indian shastra are all gathered into the "Tengyur".

Each Tibetan master has his or her own "Sungbum" or collected works which also includes letters and other non-treatises.
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Re: Name for a certain category of text

Post by dolphin_color » Thu May 23, 2019 11:58 am

Thank you. It doesn't look like the Mūlamadhyamakakārikā is included in the Tengyur (nor is the Lamrim Chenmo). There are some commentaries on it that are included.

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Re: Name for a certain category of text

Post by jmlee369 » Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:20 am

dolphin_color wrote:
Thu May 23, 2019 11:58 am
Thank you. It doesn't look like the Mūlamadhyamakakārikā is included in the Tengyur (nor is the Lamrim Chenmo). There are some commentaries on it that are included.
The Mulamadhyamakakarika is included in the Tengyur, see for example here.

The Lamrim Chenmo is too late a Tibetan work to be included in the Tengyur. It is part of the Je Yab Se sungbum, the collected works of Lama Tsongkhapa and his two spiritual sons Gyaltsab Je and Khedrub Je, which most Gelug institutions have alongside the Kangyur and Tengyur.

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