Sep 5 2011

♦ The Fifth International Vedic Workshop

The Centre for Eurasiatic and Afroasiatic Studies (CEAS), Bucharest organizes: The Fifth International Vedic Workshop Hotel Novotel, sala Paris Rive Droite, Bucharest 20.09.2011 – 11 papers 9.00-11.00 official opening: Sarvaśākhāsamanvayam vaidikamaṅgalam    addresses by the organizers: Michael Witzel, Shrikant S. Bahulkar, Jan E. M. Houben 11.00-11.30 coffee break 11.30-13.00 – plenary session: 3 papers MODERATOR: […]


Aug 3 2011

♦ The Coffee Break Conference — 2

The following is the agenda, kindly sent via mail by Elisa Freschi, of: The Study of South Asia: between Antiquity and Modernity: Parallels and Comparisons. The Coffee Break Conference — 2 (8-10 September 2011) Where: Institute of Oriental Studies, Caserma Sani, via Principe Amedeo 182b (Underground “Vittorio”), Rome 1 1.1  Language as a Way of […]


Jul 8 2011

♦ What is the *Paramārthanyāyagīti of Saraha?

In “Adversaria Buddhica”, an article published by Christian Lindtner on the Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde Südasiens 26 (1982), the author collects the references that Bhāviveka makes in his Madhyamakaratnapradīpa (MRP) to other contemporary or previous philosophers or works. In the list on pages 175-176, we meet with the following point «d) A verse from […]


May 10 2011

♦ Lokākṣa on causation: Avalokitavrata’s apparently discordant perspectives

In what follows, I  provide the English translation of some passages from Avalokitavrata’s Ṭīkā on Bhāviveka’s Prajñāpradīpa on Nāgārjuna’s Mūlamadhyamakakarika, from which some apparently discordant perspectives on the theory of causation of *Lokākṣa (’Jig rten mig), a mahārṣi among the Lokāyatas, are outlined. This is only a preliminary and incomplete collection (based only on the […]


Mar 5 2011

♦ How many paramārthas? Bhāviveka’s Madhyamakaratnapradīpa (chapter 6)

This is the edition and translation of the 6th chapter of Bhāviveka’s Madhyamakaratnapradīpa. The texts consists in just 5 stanzas, of which at least three are very similar – if not identical – to as many kārikās of Bhāviveka’s Madhyamakahṛdayakārikā. This, hence, allows us to interpret the Madhyamakaratnapradīpa in the light of the Madhyamakahṛdayakārikā. The […]


Feb 7 2011

♦ The Madhyamakārthasaṃgraha: edition of the Tibetan text

Although in many more or less recent works we can find translations of Bhāviveka’s Madhyamakārthasaṃgraha (Christian Lindtner, in “Atisa’s introduction to the two truths”, Journal of Indian Philosophy 7, 1981, note p. 200-201; this translation has been reprinted in Potter’s Encyclopedia of Indian Philosophies IX, pp. 442-443; Daniel Ferrer, Tibet Journal 17.2, 1992, pp. 52-55), […]


Dec 26 2010

♦ Jayarāśi’s Tattvopaplavasiṃha §7.1, the Sanskrit e-text

The following is the transliteration, with few notes, of the 1st paragraph of the 7th section of the Tattvopaplavasiṃha, in which Jayarāśi introduces his criticism to the Nyāya concept of anumāna, which will be thoroughly developed in the following sections. This portion of the text is not included neither in Eli Franco’s edition and translation […]


Dec 10 2010

♦ 50 years of Lokāyata

For commemorating the 50 years of D. Chattopadhyaya’s Lokāyata, the Asiatic Society of Bengal organized a seminar in Calcutta, November 24-25, 2010. The following was the programme (one click on each image to enlarge):


Oct 23 2010

♦ Lokākṣa on previous and futur lives: a passage from Avalokitavrata’s Prajñāpradīpa-Ṭīkā

Recently I was checking some passages of Avalokitavrata‘s Ṭīkā on Bhāviveka‘s Prajñāpradīpa on Nāgārjuna‘s Mūlamadhyamakakārikā 1. There, I have found several references to a master of Lokāyata called ‘Jig rten mig, which could be the Tibetan rendering of Lokākṣa or Lokacakṣu. In every occurrence, Lokākṣa is said to be a mahārṣi,and it appears that Avalokitavrata […]


Sep 7 2010

♦ Materialism in India: A Synoptic View (by Ramkrishna Bhattacharya)

The following is an article that my dear friend and master, Mr. Ramkrishna Bhattacharya, has written with the purpose of popularizing Cārvāka/Lokāyata philosophy through on-line media. Everyone is allowed to reproduce it in blogs, web-sites, etc. Materialism in India: A Synoptic View Ramkrishna Bhattacharya 0. Many, if not most, people nowadays go straight to the […]