This chapter discusses the criticism that Gendun Chopel and the Adornment received from other scholars. The first response to appear was written by a young Dge lugs incarnate lama of Dga' ldan monastery named Dze smad rin po che. Dze smad rin po che constantly refers to Chopel as a madman (dge chos smyon pa) and punctuates his arguments with “alas” (kye hud). When he cites passages, from the Adornment, he never gives the title of the text, but writes instead, “it says in the mistaken explanation (log bshad).” Dze smad rin po che does not limit himself to countering the arguments in the Adornment. He attacks Chopel personally, chastising him repeatedly for his drunkenness. He mounts his attack from a number of perspectives, often sarcastically rephrasing the words of the text itself. Dze smad rin po che takes particular delight in noting the numerous misattributions of quotations, the places where, for example, a statement that Chopel identifies as being from Aryadeva is in fact a statement from Nagarjuna. The other lengthy refutation of the Adornment is by Chopel's own teacher, Rdo sbis dge bshes Shes rab rgya mtsho (1884–1968).
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