Chapa Chökyi Sengé and the Intellectual History of his Madhyamaka Philosophy


The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Dissertation Fellowships in Buddhist Studies


Religious Studies


This dissertation focuses on the Middle Way philosophy of the 12th century Tibetan thinker Chapa Chökyi Sengé’ in the intellectual context of Indo-Tibetan philosophical history. Chapa’s Middle Way philosophical literature is crucial for Indo-Tibetan intellectual history, since it stands as a building block of fundamental importance for almost every Tibetan Buddhist tradition that would flourish in the centuries to follow. This dissertation takes a more detailed look at Chapa’s intellectual context and his Middle Way based on newly discovered Tibetan sources. Moreover, this dissertation will advance our understanding of Indian philosophy since Chapa was a skillful reader of Indian philosophy.