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This is a completely new translation of Nagarjuna's major work, the Mulamadhyamakakarika, accompanied by a detailed annotation of each of the verses. The annotation identifies the metaphysical theories of the scholastics criticized by Nagarjuna, and traces the source material and the arguments utilized in his refutation back to the early discourses of the Buddha. The Introduction presents a completely new hypothesisthe nature of the treatise. The work is a grand commentary on the Buddha's qDiscourse to Katyayanaq (Kaccayanaqotta-sutta). The concluding part of the Introduction compares the teachings of the Buddha and Nagarjuna in regard to epistemology, ontology, ethics and philosophy of language indicating how the latter was making a determined attempt to reconstruct the Buddha's teachings in a very faithful manner, avoiding the substantialist metaphysics of the scholastics. The book shows that Nagarjuna's ideas are neither original nor are they an advancement from the early Buddhist period. Nagarjuna is not a Mahayanist.Antavan ekadefaf ced ekadefar tv anantavan, ryad antavan anantaf ca /okar tac ca na yu/yate. If the world were to be partly finite and also partly infinite, it would be both finite and infinite, and this too is also not proper. MKV(P) p.589; MKV(V)anbsp;...

Author: Nāgārjuna, David J. Kalupahana
Publisher:SUNY Press - 1986-01

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