, Volume 55, Issue 4, pp 517–526 | Cite as

When a Philosopher’s Stone Turns Gold into Base Metal

  • Richard P. HayesEmail author


An account of how certain presuppositions led the author astray in previous attempts at interpreting a key metaphor in Śāntideva’s Bodhicaryāvatāra 1.10.




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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Jemez SpringsUSA

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