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Adornment of the Middle Way
Adornment of the Middle Way (Paperback)
By: Shantarakshita & Jamgon Mipham
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Madhyamaka, or the Middle Way, is accepted by all schools of Tibetan Buddhism as the most profound expression, in philosophical terms, of emptiness, the true nature of phenomena. Emptiness is the basis on which the whole of Mahayana practice is founded, from the mind-training meditations on bodhichitta to the advanced yogas of tantra and dzogchen. The Madhyamaka tradition, inaugurated by Nagarjuna and dominant in India for over a thousand years, remains a vibrant force in Tibetan Buddhism.

Buddhist Philosophy of the Middle: Essays on Indian and Tibetan Madhyamaka
Buddhist Philosophy of the Middle: Essays on Indian and Tibetan Madhyamaka
By: David S. Ruegg
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Since the 1950s, David Seyfort Ruegg, an independent scholar affiliated with school of Oriental and African studies at the University of London, has been publishing precise, informed, and seminal works on the history and philosophy of Indian and Tibetan Buddhism. Central to this highly regarded oeuvre has been his works on Madhyamaka philosophy, the core doctrine of Mahayana Buddhism that has animated thinkers for two millennia. Whether he's engaging in focused philological analysis, translating texts, or weighing in on larger trends in the field of Buddhist studies, Ruegg shows here why other scholars so often turn to him for insights and perspective. Drawing on decades of exhaustive and authoritative research and scholarship,  The Philosophy of the Middle Way  is the product of a lifetime of work and dedication to the study and presentation of Buddhist philosophy. This volume of the Studies in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism  series is a gift to all who are interested in utilizing the wisdom of a masterful scholar and a profound tradition of thought.
Candrakirti
By: Rizzi, Cesare
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"The Author has studied with great care and ability the first chapter of Candrakirti's commentary on the Madhyamakakarika by the great master Nagarjuna, in order to make it more accessible and better known to English-speaking readers. Indeed, he sees the first chapter as being undoubtedly the most important of the whole work, due both to its intrinsic worth and because it makes it easier to understand the following twenty-six chapters."
Center of the Sunlit Sky: Madhyamaka in the Kagyu Tradition
Center of the Sunlit Sky: Madhyamaka in the Kagyu Tradition
By: Karl Brunnholzl
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Madhyamaka is a potent and universally accessible means of calming our suffering and awakening to our innate wisdom. The Center of the Sunlit Sky artfully rescues this brilliant teaching from its unwarranted reputation for intellectual opacity and reinstates it as a supremely practical toolkit for everyday living.
Central Philosophy of Buddhism
Central Philosophy of Buddhism: A Study of Madhyamika System
By: T.R.V. Murti
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There is a class of scholars who are of the opinion that Buddhism in general, and Madhyamaka of Nagarjuna in particular, is not only deconstructionistic in orientation, but also nihilistic in content. How far this assertion is tenable or valid depends from what perspective we look at the Middle Way philosophy of Nagarjuna. While analysing the general orientation of Buddhist thought, Prof. Murti shows that Nagarjuna's philosophy, although deconstructionistic in its approach, is not at all nihilistic in orientation.
Dependent Arising and Emptiness
Dependent Arising and Emptiness, A Tibetan Buddhist Interpretation of Madhyamika Philosophy
By: Napper, Elizabeth
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Emptiness and dependent-arising are two core concepts within Buddhism. An understanding of their integral relationship allows us to see how the Madhyamika school, the preeminent school of Buddhist philosophy in Tibet, can completely deny any inherent ontological status to the world around us while maintaining a valid presentation of reality based on ethical principles. The brilliant scholar and yogi Dzong-kha-ba, founder of the Ge-luk-ba lineage, demonstrated how these two core concepts are not only compatible, but are actually mutually contingent.
Along with a translation of the special insight (vipasyana) section of Dzong-kha-ba's Great Exposition of the Stages of the Path (lam rim chen mo), Napper provides an extensive introduction that contrasts the Ge-luk-ba view of emptiness to that of Western scholars and a translation of four interwoven commentaries on the text.
Dispeller of Disputes: Nagarjuna's Vigrahavyavartani
Dispeller of Disputes: Nagarjuna's Vigrahavyavartani
By Nagarjuna
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Nagarjuna's Vigrahavyavartani is an essential work of Madhyamaka Buddhist philosophical literature. Written in an accessible question-and-answer style, it contains Nagarjuna's replies to criticisms of his philosophy of the "Middle Way." The Vigrahavyavartani has been widely cited both in canonical literature and in recent scholarship; it has remained a central text in India, Tibet, China, and Japan, and has attracted the interest of greater and greater numbers of Western readers.
Distinguishing the Views: Moon Rays Illuminating the Crucial Points of the Excellent Vehicle Gorampa Sonam Senge
Distinguishing the Views: Moon Rays Illuminating the Crucial Points of the Excellent Vehicle
By: Gorampa Sonam Senge
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This text is one of his main works on the Madhyamaka school of thought. Gorampa starts by refuting two views of reality he holds to be mistaken, namely those taught by Dolbuba Sherab Gyaltsen (1292-1361), often regarded as the founder of the Jonang school, and by Tsongkhapa Lobsang Dragpa (1357-1419), founder of the Gelug tradition. He then presents the Middle Way according to his school, emphasizing its adherence to the original intention of the Indian tradition. This treatise offers a key to unlock the profound thought of one of Tibet's greatest luminaries and most influential teachers.

Distinguishing the Views: Moon Rays Illuminating the Crucial Points of the Excellent Vehicle, Gorampa Sonam Senge, Vajra Books, Paperback, $15.00
Early Madhyamika in India and China
Early Madhyamika in India and China
By: Richard H. Robinson
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The book gives a descriptive analysis of specific Madhyamika texts. It compares the ideology of Kumarajiva (a translator of the four Madhyamika treatises 400 AD) with the ideologies of the three Chinese contemporaries- Hui-Yuan, Seng-Jui and Seng Chao.
Emptiness And Becoming: Integrating Madhyamika Buddhism and Process Philosophy
Emptiness And Becoming: Integrating Madhyamika Buddhism and Process Philosophy
By: Peter Paul Kakol
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The book presents a detailed comparison of process philosophy and Madhyamika Buddhism, analyzing the similarities and differences between the two. It attempts a creative integration between the two and introduces a new philosophy, Process Buddhism. Process thought underscores the view that reality is a cumulative process of perspectival and experiential events. Peter Kakol's work shows that the Madhyamika teaching, which essentially stresses the "emptiness of emptiness" and process theory of worldviews are complementary aspect of the same theory.

Emptiness of Emptiness
By: Huntington
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An introduction to Early Indian Madhyamika
This work is valuable as one of the first book-length attempts to interrogate matters that will surely be significant for contemporary scholarly understandings of Buddhism. As the first complete translation of Candrakirti's major works into precise and readable English, an achievement that might well encourage further collaboration between Western and Tibetan scholars, it is a contribution to be applauded.
Emptiness Yoga
Emptiness Yoga: The Tibetan Middle Way
By: Jeffrey Hopkins
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An absorbing and highly readable presentation of the highest development in Buddhist insight. Professor Jeffrey Hopkins--considered by many to be the foremost contemporary Western authority on Tibetan Buddhism--presents and in-depth, lively exposition of the methods of realization of the Middle Way Consequence School (Prasangika Madhyamika).
Empty Words
Empty Words: Buddhist Philosophy and Cross-Cultural Interpretation
By; Garfield, Jay L.
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Jay Garfield's magisterial translation of Nagarjuna's Mulamadhyamakakarika (The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way) has established itself as the definitive edition of this foundational Indian Buddhist philosophical text. Nagarjuna is the founder - and his work the foundational text - of the Madhyamaka (or Middle Path) school of Mahayana Buddhism, which predominates in Tibet, China, Mongolia, Korea, Vietnam, and Japan.
Exploring the Strcture of Emptiness: Philosophical Hermeneutics of the text Catusstava of Nagarjuna - A Translation and Interpretation <br> Mathew Varghese
Exploring the Strcture of Emptiness: Philosophical Hermeneutics of the text Catusstava of Nagarjuna - A Translation and Interpretation
Mathew Varghese
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Exploring the Strcture of Emptiness: Philosophical Hermeneutics of the text Catusstava of Nagarjuna - A Translation and Interpretation
Mathew Varghese
Foundational Standpoint of Madhyamika Philosophy
By: Gadjin Nagas
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"A masterful treatment of the subject in all aspects. It offers a profound linguistic and - philosophical analysis of the philosophy of Madhyamika in connection with Chi-tsang's Chinese Madhyamika and Yogacara, presented in a clear logical order."
Freedom from Extremes
Freedom from Extremes: Gorampa's "Distinguishing the Views" and the Polemics of Emptiness
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Fifteenth-century Buddhist scholar Gorampa challenged his contemporaries - thinking about the fundamental concept of "emptiness," pioneering an approach that avoided what he critiqued as the traps of eternalism and nihilism. Freedom from Extremes is his powerful polemic on the subject.
Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way
Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way
By: Nagarjuna / Garfield
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Nagarjuna's Mulamadhyamakakarika

The Buddhist saint Nagarjuna, who lived in South India in approximately the second CE, is undoubtedly the most important, influential, and widely studied Mahayana Buddhist philosopher. His many works include texts addressed to lay audiences, letters of advice to kings, and a set of penetrating metaphysical and epistemological treatises. His greatest philosophical work, the Mulamadhyamakakarika - read and studied by philosophers in all major Buddhist schools of Tibet, China, Japan, and Korea- is one of the most influential works in the history of Indian philosophy.
Dispeller of Disputes: Nagarjuna's Vigrahavyavartani
Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way: Nagarjuna's Mulamadhyamakakarika
By Nagarjuna
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Nagarjuna's "Mulamadhyamakakarika" is one of the great classics of Buddhist literature. Composed around 150 CE, it is a distillation of the most fundamental concepts in Buddhist philosophy. Gudo Nishijima's careful translation combined with Brad Warner's simple and straightforward explanations create a down-to-earth elucidation of this ancient and profound classic.
Gateway to Knowledge, Vol. 1, Mipham
Gateway to Knowledge: Vol 1
By: Mipham Rinpoche
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The Gateway to Knowledge is a condensation of the Tripitaka and its accompanying commentaries. Consolidating the intent of Buddha Shakyamuni’s teachings into unified body of text books, it is the philosophical backbone of the living tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. This rich source book embodies the basics of Prajnaparamita and Madhyamika as well as the Abhidharma from both the Mahayana and Hinayana perspective.
How to Realize Emptiness
How to Realize Emptiness
By:Gen Lamrinpa
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In Realizing Emptiness, Gen Lamrimpa draws on his theoretical training as well as his solitary meditative experience to show how students can gain realization of ultimate reality. He explains in a practical and down-to-earth fashion how to analyze experience to fathom how it has been misperceived and misunderstood because of our many delusions and how to use Madhyamaka reasoning to experience theway in which all things exist as dependently related events. Those who wish to apply the Madhyamaka view to meditative practice and daily life will undoubtedly find this work to be of great practical value. The book closes with two chapters on Dzogchen and its relation to Madhyamaka.
Indian Madhyamaka Buddhist Philosophy After Nagarjuna
Indian Madhyamaka Buddhist Philosophy After Nagarjuna: Plain English Translations and Summaries of the Essential Works of Aryadeva Rahulabhadra, Buddhapalita, and Bhavaviveka, Volume 1
By: Richard H. Jones
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A Critical Study of Nagarjuna's Philosophy
This book argues that though Nagarjuna advocates the Middle Way between nihilism and eternalism, his philosophy of emptiness nevertheless entails nihilism. Burton also refutes the interpretation that Nagarjuna is a skeptic, and examines Nagarjuna's notion of non-conceptual knowledge of reality. In addition, Nagarjuna's critiques of the Nyaya theory of knowledge (pramana) are critically scrutinized.
Indian Madhyamaka Buddhist Philosophy After Nagarjuna
Indian Madhyamaka Buddhist Philosophy After Nagarjuna: Plain English Translations and Summaries of the Essential Works of Aryadeva Rahulabhadra, Buddhapalita, and Bhavaviveka, Volume 2
By: Richard H. Jones
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A Critical Study of Nagarjuna's Philosophy
This book argues that though Nagarjuna advocates the Middle Way between nihilism and eternalism, his philosophy of emptiness nevertheless entails nihilism. Burton also refutes the interpretation that Nagarjuna is a skeptic, and examines Nagarjuna's notion of non-conceptual knowledge of reality. In addition, Nagarjuna's critiques of the Nyaya theory of knowledge (pramana) are critically scrutinized.
Indo-Tibetan Madhyamika Studies /Sambhota Series III
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The present book contains papers presented at the seminar on Madhyamika School of Buddhism held at Drepung Monastic University, Mundgod, Karnataka in 1989. The book also includes Prof. Alex Wayman's paper which was not presented at the seminar because it is also on the same subject. The papers included in the book are the development of Madhyamika philosophy in Tibet by Thupten Chhogdup; the four theses of negation of Prasangika Madhyamika by Geshe Palden Dragpa; the four affirmative theses of Prasangika Madhyamika by Geshe Teshe Thapkhe; philosophy of Madhyamika and other schools of Indian philosophy by Raghunath Giri; and the secret of Nagarjuna's position of dependent origination and sunyata by Alex Wayman.
Introduction to Madhyamaka Philosophy
By: Singh, Jaideva
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This brief introduction to Madhyamaka Philosophy gives a history of the rise and growth of Madhyamaka Philosophy, and the origin, structure, development and purpose of the Madhyamaka dialectic. It elucidates the distinction between Hinayana and Mahayana in respect of pratityasamutpada, nirvana, the ideal of religious discipline, the concept of Dharma, and the concept of Buddhology. It discusses the meaning of Sunya-Sunyata and its axiological and soteriological significance. Other important features of the present introduction are the clarification of the concepts of the Madhyama Pratipad, Samvrti and Paramartha Satya, Tathat, Dharmadhatu and Bhutakoti.
Introduction to the Middle Way
Introduction to the Middle Way
By: Chandrakirti / Ju Mipham
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Introduction to the Middle Way presents an adventure into the heart of Buddhist wisdom through the Madhyamika, or “middle way,” teachings, which are designed to take the ordinary intellect to the limit of its powers and then to show that there is more. This book includes a verse translation of the Madhyamakavatara by the renowned seventh-century Indian master Chandrakirti, an extremely influential text of Mahayana Buddhism, followed by an exhaustive logical explanation of its meaning by the modern Tibetan master Jamgon Mipham.
Introduction to the Philosophy of Nagarjuna
By: Tachikawa, Musashi
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This book is a study of the Mulamadhyamakakarika (Middle Stanzas) the chief work of Nagarjuna (2nd-3rd cent.), who established the theoretical foundations of Mahayana Buddhism and is known in Japan as "the founder of the eight sects".
Jnanagarbha's Commentary
Jnanagarbha's Commentary on the Distinction Between the Two Truths
By: Eckel, M. D.
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The Madhyamaka School of Indian Buddhist thought has had tremendous influence in the Buddhist world, particularly in Tibet, China and Japan: in the West it has become the subject of intense interest in the fields of comparative religion and philosophy. Many aspects of Madyamaka thought, however, remain obscure, especially during the period when Buddhist thought was introduced to Tibet. Jnanagarbha's Commentary on the Distinction between the Two Truths is a concise and lucid introduction to the issues and personalities that dominated Indian Madhyamaka thought on the eve of its introduction to Tibet.
Karmapa's Middle Way
Karmapa's Middle Way: Feast for the Fortunate
By: Ninth Karmapa, Wangchuk Dorje; Translated by Tyler Dewar
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In this much-awaited translation of a key text of Tibetan Buddhism, the Ninth Karmapa presents in unique fashion the vital Buddhist concept of emptiness, contrasting his own view with other widely accepted presentations. His explanation stresses the direct experience of the reader and bolsters the Mahayana ethic of compassion. A highly readable translation accessible even to beginning students.

Lucid Exposition of the Middle Way
Lucid Exposition of the Middle Way: The Essential Chapters From The Prasannapada of Candrakirti
Mervyn Sprung
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The Prasannapada is the explanation of the versed aphorisms of Nagarjuna which are the first and basic statement of the Buddhist philosophy of the middle way. When first published, this volume was the first attempt, in any European language, to present all the essentials of this most radical of Buddhist philosophical works. Seventeen of its twenty-seven chapters have been chosen to give an integrated statement of every aspect of its arguments and conclusions.

Madhyamaka Schools in India: A Study of the Madhyamaka Philosophy and of the Division of the System into the Prasangika and Svatantrika Schools
By: Peter Della Santina
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This Volume traces the development of one of the most divisive debates in Buddhist philosophy in which leading parts were taken by Nagarjuna, Bhavaviveka and Candrakirti. The interesting debate between the Prasangikas and Svatantrikas has thus far received comparatively little attention. It has been largely assumed that the division between the two schools occurred as a result of the disagreements on the essentials of the Madhyamaka philosophical view.
Madhyamika and Epistemology, A Study of Kamalashila's Method for Proving the Voidness of al Dharmas
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Introduction, annotated translations, and Tibetan texts of selected sections of the second chapter of the Madhymakaloka.
Madhyamika and Yogacara: A Study of Mahayana Philosophies
By: Nagao, Gadjin M.
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"It ties together for the first time the two primary schools of Indian Mahayana tradition. Nagao's insights have been valued by Japanese scholars all along and only recently have Western scholars appreciated them. This offers a complete picture of his novel deliberations, showing a first-rate thinker at work." Kenneth Inada, State University of New York  PRINT ON DEMAND
Madhyamika Mind
By: Narain Harsh
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What do the Madhyamikas really mean? After due scrutiny of their primary sources as well as those of their rivals, coupled with a careful consideration of new interpretations by modern Madhyamikologists, the present author essays in this work the task of demonstrating with due documentation that it is difficult to resist the conclusion that, far from being an Absolutism or Absolutistic Monism as commonly held in responsible circles today, Madhyamika philosophy is, as held by the classics, Absolute Nihilism/Illusionism, indeed so Absolute a Nihilism/Illusionism that it leaves absolutely no room for religion and mysticism to which the Madhyamikas do in their aphilosophical mood feel committed, a fact brought into focus by the present writer for the first time.
Madhyamika's conception of truth and error
Madhyamika's conception of truth and error with special reference to acarya Tsong Kha Pa
By: Dr Lobzang Tsewang
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Madhyamika's conception of truth and error with special reference to acarya Tsong Kha Pa
By: Dr Lobzang Tsewang
Middle Way
Middle Way: Faith Grounded in Reason
By: Dalai Lama
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In this luminous presentation, the Dalai Lama lays out the Middle Way, "the way of the intelligent person" who approaches all matters, including matters of faith and devotion, with the highest spirit of critical inquiry and does so without falling into the traps of fixed ideas or extreme views. With fresh emphasis, this peerless and beloved teacher links Tibetan Buddhism to its deep roots in the ancient scholastic tradition of Nalanda University and to the profound analytical teachings of the seminal Indian master Nagarjuna.
Middle Way
Middle Way: Faith Grounded in Reason
By: Dalai Lama
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The Dalai Lama opens The Middle Way with an elegant argument
for the power of compassion in cultivating a happy life. From there, he
connects core ideas of Buddhist philosophy to the truths of our shared
condition. His Holiness delivers a sparklingly clear teaching on how the
Buddhist ideas of emptiness and interdependency relate to personal
experience and bring a deeper understanding of the world around us.
Moon of Wisdom
Moon of Wisdom: Chapter Six of Chandrakirti's Entering the Middle Way with Commentary from the Eighth Karmapa
By: Chandrakirti and Karmapa Mikyo Dorje
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This important work, selected by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso as the text for his worldwide teaching tour, presents the 7th-century philosopher Chandrakirti's explanation of Nagarjuna's text The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way, which summarizes the vast teachings of the Buddha and uses logic to prove the validity of his words. The 8th Karmapa, a renowned meditation master and esteemed scholar, elaborates Chandrakirti's verses in a commentary--from The Chariot of the Dakpo Kayu Siddhas -- that contains the key to gaining the realization achieved by all the enlightened masters.
Nagarjuna and the Philosophy of Openness
Nagarjuna and the Philosophy of Openness
By: Nancy McCagney
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In this innovative study of the philosopher Nagarjuna, Nancy McCagney demonstrates that the concept of space ("akasa") in early Indian Mahayana Buddhism is the root metaphor for Nagarjuna's understanding of "sunyata", or openness. Nagarjuna's use of the term "sunyata" was new, and contrasted with the word's use in Pali Buddhist literature. By using the word to mean "openness," Nagarjuna was able to elucidate, through a deeper analysis of impermanence, a consistent philosophical foundation for the truth and efficacy of Gautama's Middle Way. McCagney's book will be important for those studying Indian philosophy, Buddhism, and the philosophy of religion.
Nagarjuna The Central Philosophy Basic Verses
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In this breakthrough translation, Nagarjuna, the early Buddhist philosopher, attempts to show that reality cannot be reduced to conceptual structures because thought and conceptualizaton belong to the field of mental presentation and are therefore fantasy. Reality, on the contrary, is what is experienced, and for that very reason, cannot be thought. A work of enormous impact on the history of Buddhist thought in East Asia, Nagarjuna demonstrates the absurdity of concepts such as substance, causality, and the idea of movement. Much like the Western philosopher Kant, he shows the limits of human understanding, and in doing so, creates room for religious experience.
Nagarjuna's Madhyamaka
Nagarjuna's Madhyamaka: A Philosophical Investigation
By: Jan Westerhoff
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This book presents a survey of the whole of Nagarjuna's philosophy based on his key philosophical writings. His primary contribution to Buddhist thought lies in the further development of the concept of nullunyata or "emptiness." For Nagarjuna, all phenomena are without any svabhava, literally "own-nature" or "self-nature," and thus without any underlying substance. Particular emphasis is put on discussing Nagarjuna's thinking as philosophy.
Nagarjuna's Middle Way: Mulamadhyamakakarika <br> Mark Siderits and Shoryu Katsura
Nagarjuna's Middle Way: Mulamadhyamakakarika
Mark Siderits and Shoryu Katsura
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Nagarjuna's renowned twenty seven-chapter Fundamental Verses on the Middle Way (Mulamadhyamakakarika), the definitive, touchstone presentation of the doctrine of emptiness, is the foundational text of the Madhyamaka school of Mahayana Buddhist philosophy. Professors Siderits and Katsura prepared this translation using the four surviving Indian commentaries in an attempt to reconstruct an interpretation of its enigmatic verses that adheres as closely as possible to that of its earliest proponents.
Nagarjuna's Philosophy
By: Ramanan, K. Venkata
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This work is an exposition of the philosophic conceptions basic to Mahayana Buddhism as found in the Maha-prajna-paramita-sastra, a commentary on the Prajnaparamita-sutras and traditionally attributed to Nagarjuna. The "Sastra", the earliest and most extensive work in this field, is lost in its Sanskrit original and preserved only in a Chinese translation. Meanings of Sanskrit and Chinese terms are expounded, concepts are made clear, and supplementary materials are supplied in the notes.
Nagarjuna's Seventy Stanzas: A Buddhist Psychology of Emptiness
By: Komito, David
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This work contains a translation of a fundamental work of Nagarjuna, along with a new commentary on it by Geshe Sonam Rinchen which, while based on traditional sources, was created expressly the contemporary English reader. It also summarizes those basic Buddhist doctrine on perception and the creation of concepts which have traditionally served as the backdrop for Nagarjuna's teachings about how people consistently misperceive and misunderstand the nature of the reality in which they live and the means through which they experience it.
Nagarjuna's Tree of Wisdom: A Translation <br> By: Dennis Waller
Nagarjuna's Tree of Wisdom: A Translation
By: Dennis Waller
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The Tree of Wisdom by Nagarjuna is a treatise on morals and ethics written over 2,000 years ago. This commentary on moral living is very similar to other text such as the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu, the Hsin Hsin Ming by Seng Ts'an, the Enchiridion by Epictetus, and Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. This version has been interpreted into a more modern new age style yet it still possess the essence of the message that Nagarjuna implied.
Nagarjuna's Verses on the Great Vehicle and the Heart of Dependent Origination
By: R. C. Jamieson
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No one can question the philosophical genius of Nagarjuna. In the dialectic of this AD second century Buddhist scholar - also acknowledged as the founder of Madhyamika school, is seen the clearest expression of Shakyamuni Buddha's profound, even the subtlest teachings. Here is, in three parts, a brilliant critical study, with readable English translations, of this time-honoured philosopher's Mahayanavimsika (Verses on the Great Vehicle), Pratiyasamutpadahrdayakarika (Verses on the Heart of Dependent Origination).
Nagarjuna, A Translation of his Mulamadhyamakakarika, with an Introductory Essay
By: Nagarjuna / Inada, tr.
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A Translation of his Mulamadhyamakakarika, with an Introductory Essay
Nagarjuna has held continuous attention of Buddhist scholars in Asia since his own day. His ideas, subtle yet profound, carried such deep understanding of fundamental Buddhist truths that they have influenced, in one way or another, most Mahayana developments in India, China, Tibet, Korea and Japan.
Nagarjuna: Buddhism's Most Important Philosopher
Nagarjuna: Buddhism's Most Important Philosopher, Plain English Translations and Summaries of Nagarjuna's Essential Philosophical Works
Richard Jones (translator)
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Nagarjuna stands second only to the Buddha in his importance in Buddhist thought. The concept of "emptiness (shunyata)" became the central ontological concept in Mahayana Buddhism thanks to his effort. Not only did he found the Madhyamaka tradition in India, understanding his philosophy is needed to understand the Zen tradition and the Dalai Lama's Tibetan tradition.
Nagarjunian Disputations, Wood
Nagarjunian Disputations: A Philosophical Journey Through an Indian Looking-Glass
By: Thomas E. Wood
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The present work is a defence of the earlier nihilist interpretation (NI) of the Madhyamika against some of the leading non-nihilist interpretation (NNI) that have arisen to challenge it in recent times. This defence is conducted on two fronts. First, as a purely exegetical matter, it will be argued that the NI fits the Madhyamika writings better than the NNI. Secondly, it will be argued that the NNIs are not, as they are often claimed to be, more defensible on philosophical grounds.
Nagarjuniana: Studies in the Writings and Philosophy of Nagarjuna <br> By: Lindter
Nagarjuniana: Studies in the Writings and Philosophy of Nagarjuna
By: Lindter
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The author deals with the thirteen genuine works of Nagarjuna. The first six are mainly dialectical works such as Mulamadhyamakakarika, Sunyatasaptati, Vigrahavyavartani, Vaidalyaprakarana, Vyavaharasiddhi, Yuktisastika followed by the remaining seven which are chiefly didactic texts - Catuhstava, Ratnavali, Prafityasamutpadahrdaya-karika, Sutrasamuccaya, Bodhicitta-vivarana, Suhrllekha, and Bodhisambhara (ka). Thus he roughly follows the prescriptive distinction between Yukti and Agama.
Nirvana in Candrakirti's Prasannapada
Nirvana in Candrakirti's Prasannapada: A Study in the Madhyamika Concept of Nirvana in the Context of Indian Thought
By: G.C. Nayak
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The present work is an analytical philosophic enterprise dealing with a specific topic, viz. nirvana, in Candrakirti's Prasannapada, which represents and is a standing testimony to the Buddhist critical philosophy par excellence. A unique revolution in the world of thought has been brought about by Acarya Candrakirti, the great Prasangika Madhyamika thinker of 7th century C.E., through his theory of nirvana as sarva/nirvasesa Kalpanaksaya (cessation of essentialist thought-constructions/speculative picture-thinking) developed in his magnum opus, Prasannapada, thus giving the idea of nirvana a novel turn, viewing it from a fresh perspective.
Notion of Emptiness in Early Buddhism<br> By: Choong Mun-keat
Notion of Emptiness in Early Buddhism
By: Choong Mun-keat
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This book investigates the teachings of emptiness in early Buddhism, as recorded in the Pali and Chinese version of the early Buddhist canon. In general, the finding is that these two version,although differently worded, record in common that the teaching of the historical Buddha as connected with emptiness. The general reader, with little or no prior knowledge of Buddhism, can discover in this book how early Buddhism provides a vision and a method to help in overcoming the ills of the mind.
Ocean of Reasoning: A Great Commentary on Nagarjuna's Mulamadhyamakakarika
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A Great Commentary on Nagarjuna's Mulamadhyamakakarika
Tsong kha pa (14th century) is arguably the most important and influential philosopher in Tibetan history. An Ocean of Reasoning is the most extensive and perhaps the deepest extant commentary on Nagarjuna's Mulamadhyamakakarika (Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way), and it can be argued that it is impossible to discuss Nagarjuna's work in an informed way without consulting it.
Ornament of Reason: The Great Commentary to Nagarjuna's Root of the Middle Way
Ornament of Reason: The Great Commentary to Nagarjuna's Root of the Middle Way
By: Mabja Jangchub Tsondru (Author), The Dharmachakra Translation Committee (Translator)
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Mabja's Ornament of Reason is considered to be one of the greatest Tibetan commentaries on Nagarjuna's crucial work, Root of the Middle Way. The teaching revolves around the two truths - conventional and ultimate reality. This is alternatively explained as dependent origination empty of all mental constructions of ultimate truth, along with the results of realization. Both Nagarjuna's text and Mabja's commentary are included here.
Ornament of the Middle Way
Ornament of the Middle Way: A Study of the Madhyamaka Thought of Shantarakshita
By: Shantarakshita
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Shantarakshitas's text is considered to be the quintessential exposition or root text of the school of Buddhist philosophical thought known in Tibet as Yogachara-Svatantrika-Madhyamaka. In addition to examining his ideas in their Indian context, this study examines the way Shantarakshita's ideas have been understood by, and been an influence on, Tibetan Buddhist traditions. This is the first book length study of the Madyamaka thought of Shantarakshita in any Western language.
Path to the Middle: Oral Madhyamika Philosophy in Tibet
By: Klein, Anne
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Does a Bodhisattva's initial direct cognition of emptiness differ from subsequent ones? Can one "improve" a nondualistic understanding of the unconditioned and, if so, what role might subtle states of concentration play in the process? In material collected by Anne Klein over a seven year period, Kensur Yeshey Tupden addresses these and other crucial issues of Buddhist soteriology to provide one of the richest presentations of Tibetan oral philosophy yet published in English.
Reflexive Nature of Awareness
By: Williams, Paul
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Tibetan Madhyamaka Defence
According to the Tibetan Tsong kha pa one of the eight difficult points in understanding Madhyamaka philosophy is the way in which Prasangika Madhyamaka does not accept even conventionally that reflexivity is an essential part of awareness- that in being aware there is also an awareness of being aware.
Reflexive Nature of Awareness, A Tibetan Madhyamaka Defense
By: Williams, Paul
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A Tibetan Madhyamaka Defense
According to the Tibetan Tsong kha pa one of the eight difficult points in understanding Madhyamaka philosophy is the way in which Prasangika Madhyamaka does not accept even conventionally that reflexivity is an essential part of awareness - that in being aware there is also an awareness of being aware.
Self, Reality and Reason in Tibetan Philosophy
Self, Reality and Reason in Tibetan Philosophy
By: Thupten Jinpa
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Thupten Jinpa explores the historical and intellectual context of Tsongkhapa's philosophy and addresses the critical issues related to questions of development and originality in Tsongkhapa's thought. The work also deals extensively with one of Tsongkhapa's primary concerns, namely his attempts to demonstrate that the Middle Way philosophy's de-constructive analysis does not negate the reality of the everyday world.
Svatantrika-Prasangika Distinction: What Difference Does a Difference Make?
By Dreyfus & McClintock, ed.
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Due largely to contact with the living Tibetan Buddhist tradition, it has become commonplace to distinguish two branches of Buddhist Madhyamika philosophy: Svatantrika and Prasangika. Nowadays one finds references to Prasangika philosophy and Svatantrika philosophy as if these were self-evident and unproblematic categories on a par with other doxographical distinctions. The present volume scrutinizes this distinction more critically, clarifying and highlighting its problematic nature as well as suggesting arguments that may support it.
Three Studies in the History of Indian and Tibetan Madhyamaka Philosophy, Part 1
By: David Seyfort Rueg
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Studies in Indian and Tibetan Madhyamaka thought, Part 1


Three Studies in the History of Indian and Tibetan Madhyamaka Philosophy, David Seyfort Ruegg, Arbeitskreis fur Tibetische und Buddhistische Studien, Paperback , 322pp., $59.95
Three Texts on Madhyamaka
By: Shakya Chokden
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Madhyamaka Philosophy of Shakya Chokden (1428-1507) includes three major treatise on Madhyamaka philosophy.
Transcendent Wisdom
Transcendent Wisdom
By: Dalai Lama
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This extraordinarily clear exposition on the wisdom section of the Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life is based on an oral teaching given in India by His Holiness the Dalai Lama before an audience of thousands of Tibetans and Westerners in 1979.
Two Prolegomena to Madhyamaka Philosophy
By: David Seyfort Ruegg
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Studies in Indian and Tibetan Madhyamaka thought, Part 2
Candrakirti's Prasannapada Madhyamkavritth on Madhyamakakarika i.1 and Tson Kha pa Blo Bzan Grags Pa / rGyal Tshab Dar Ma Rin Chen's dKa' gNad / gNas brGyad Kyi Zin Bris
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Two Prolegomena to Madhyamaka Philosophy , David Seyfort Ruegg, Arbeitskreis fur Tibetische und Buddhistische Studien, Paperback , 299 pp., $48.00
Two Truths Debate: Tsongkhapa and Gorampa on the Middle Way
By: Sonam Thakchoe
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The Middle Way is a central idea for all Buddhists, yet its definition varies across Buddhist cultures. In Tibetan Buddhism, the interpretation of what are called the two truths — the truth of conventional appearances and the ultimate truth of emptiness — is especially contentious. This comparative analysis examines the differing approaches toward the Middle Way taken by the two great Buddhist scholars, Tsongkhapa and Gorampa. It demonstrates how philosophical positions have dramatic implications both for how one approaches Buddhist practice and for how one ultimately understands enlightenment itself.
Unique Tenets of Middle Way Consequence School
Unique Tenets of Middle Way Consequence School
By: Cozort, Daniel
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According to Tibetan traditions, the Indian Buddhist Prasangika-Madhyamika school is the onethat represents the final, literally true thought of the Buddha.
Unique Tenets of the Middle Way Consequence School presents and analyzes the issues that separate that school from the other principal schools of Buddhism - issues such as the existence (or non-existence) of an external world, the way in which karma and reincarnation operate, the nature of consciousness, the nature of time, and the status of Arhats (enlightened, but not omniscient , beings). Parts Two and Three of the book are annotated translations of Tibetan texts that are used as sourcebooks in monastic education. Also included are a trilingual glossary and an extensive bibliography.
Verses from the Center
By: Batchelor, Stephen
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Verses from the Center is one of Buddhism's greatest reflections on the meaning of life, written by one of its most mysterious and legendary masters. Nagarjuna lived in India during the second century as a monk, meditator, and philosopher. Some believe he visited the mystical land of the Nagas to retrieve the Buddha’s hidden wisdom teachings. Others believe he achieved immortality and reemerged as a tantric saint in eigth-century India.
Way to Buddhahood
Way to Buddhahood: Instructions from a Modern Chinese Master
By: Yin-shun
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The Way to Buddhahood is a compendium of two thousand years of Chinese practice in assimilating and understanding the Buddhist experience of enlightenment. It is the first in-depth explanation of Chinese Buddhism by Yin-shun, the greatest living master of the Chinese scholar-monk tradition. The master's broad scope not only includes the traditional Chinese experience but also ideas from the Tibetan monastic tradition. This is one of those rare classic books that authentically captures an entire Buddhist tradition between its covers.