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In order to investigate the Middle way philosophy of Tsong kha pa Blo bzang grags pa(1357-1419), the founder of the dGe lugs sect, we studied and translated into Japanese, the later half of Zab mo stong pa nyid kyi de kho na nyid rab to gsal bar byed pa'i bstan bcos sKal bzang mig byed(sZbng thun chen mo), by mKhas grub dGe legs dpal bzang(1385-1438), one of his major disciples, which deals with the tenets of Maadhyamika Praasan.gika. In this study, we traced not only Indian backgrounds, but also Tibetan debates on these issues, and revealed that mKhas grub Tie quoted from and mnradictied to the works, especially the Rig lam kun gsal of Rong ston shes bya kun rig(1367-1449), a famous scholar of Sa kya pa sect, who critisized the Middle way philosophy of Tsong kha pa.
In order to see the foundations of this Middle way philosophy, both theorectially and practically, we also studied the logic and epistemology of Dharmakiirti, and the teachings of Byang chub Lam rim, the Stages of Path to E
As to the logic and epistemology, we studied and translated into Japanese, two texts by dGe lugs pa scholars, reffering to the precedent texts. One is Tshad ma rna `grel sogs gTan tsigs rig pa pa las byung ba.'i wing gi rnam grangs, by Klong rdol Ngag dbang blo bzang(1719-1795), a work which summaries the topics appearing in the texts of Dharmakiirti, and is a very useful introduction to the logic and epistemology of dGe lugs pa. And the other is a portion of T.iika then Rigs pa i rgya mtsho by mKhas grub dGe legs dpal bzang, which deals with the relationship of Pramaana.samuccaya by Dignaaga, and Pramaana.vaarttaka by Dharmakiirti.
As to Byang chub Lam rim, we studied and translated into Japanese, two major works by Thong kha pa. One is the first third of his Lam rim then mo, The Great Stages of Path to Enlightenment, and the other is the whole of his Lam rim chung ba, The Lesser Stages of Path to Enlightenment. As well as Indian sources such as the texts called bKa' gdams chos drug, we found the influences of bKa' gdams pa, especially Beu bum sngon poi `grel pa, which contains many statements by early dKa' gdams pa teachers, and bsTan rim then mo, The Stages of Teachings, by Gro lung pa then po Blo gros byung gnas. Less