The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way: Nagarjuna's Mulamadhyamakakarika (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Aug 31, 1995 - Philosophy - 400 pages
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The Buddhist saint Nagarjuna, who lived in South India in approximately the second century 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 Mulamadhyamikakarika--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. Now, in The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way, Jay L. Garfield provides a clear and eminently readable translation of Nagarjuna's seminal work, offering those with little or no prior knowledge of Buddhist philosophy a view into the profound logic of the Mulamadhyamikakarika. Garfield presents a superb translation of the Tibetan text of Mulamadhyamikakarika in its entirety, and a commentary reflecting the Tibetan tradition through which Nagarjuna's philosophical influence has largely been transmitted. Illuminating the systematic character of Nagarjuna's reasoning, Garfield shows how Nagarjuna develops his doctrine that all phenomena are empty of inherent existence, that is, than nothing exists substantially or independently. Despite lacking any essence, he argues, phenomena nonetheless exist conventionally, and that indeed conventional existence and ultimate emptiness are in fact the same thing. This represents the radical understanding of the Buddhist doctrine of the two truths, or two levels of reality. He offers a verse-by-verse commentary that explains Nagarjuna's positions and arguments in the language of Western metaphysics and epistemology, and connects Nagarjuna's concerns to those of Western philosophers such as Sextus, Hume, and Wittgenstein. An accessible translation of the foundational text for all Mahayana Buddhism, The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way offers insight to all those interested in the nature of reality.
  

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Review: The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way: Nāgārjuna's Mūlamadhyamakakārikā

User Review  - Eduardo - Goodreads

I got interested in reading this book after I read a paper that criticizes Derrida for not going far enough in his deconstruction and pointed to Nagarjuna's work as a true radical deconstruction. The ... Read full review

Review: The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way: Nāgārjuna's Mūlamadhyamakakārikā

User Review  - Xiaomin Zu - Goodreads

only read assigned chapters. An awesome translation, and generative reading of this Indian-Tibetan classic. Read full review

Contents

Dedicatory Verses
xvi
Chapter IExamination of Conditions
xvii
Chapter IIExamination of Motion
ii
Chapter IIIExamination of the Senses
iii
Chapter IVExamination of the Aggregates
iv
Chapter VExamination of Elements
v
Chapter VIExamination of Desire and the Desirous
vi
Chapter VIIExamination of the Conditioned
vii
Chapter IExamination of Conditions
li
Chapter IIExamination of Motion
ii
Chapter IIIExamination of the Senses
iii
Chapter IVExamination of the Aggregates
iv
Chapter VExamination of Elements
v
Chapter VIExamination of Desire and the Desirous
vi
Chapter VIIExamination of the Conditioned
vii
Chapter VIIIExamination of the Agent and Action
viii

Chapter VIIIExamination of the Agent and Action
viii
Chapter IXExamination of the Prior Entity
ix
Chapter XExamination of Fire and Fuel
xx
Chapter XIExamination of the Initial and Final Limits
xi
Chapter XIIExamination of Suffering
xii
Chapter XIIIExamination of Compounded Phenomena
xiii
Chapter XIVExamination of Connection
xiv
Chapter XVExamination of Essence
xv
Chapter XVIExamination of Bondage
xvi
Chapter XVIIExamination of Actions and Their Fruits
xvii
Chapter XVIIIExamination of Self and Entities
xviii
Chapter XIXExamination of Time
xix
Chapter XXExamination of Combination
xx
Chapter XXIExamination of Becoming and Destruction
xxi
Chapter XXIIExamination of the Tathgata
xxii
Chapter XXIIIExamination of Errors
xxiii
Chapter XXIVExamination of the Four Noble Truths
xxiv
Chapter XXVExamination of Nirva
xxv
Chapter XXVIExamination of the Twelve Links
xxvi
Chapter XXVIIExamination of Views
xxvii
PART TWOThe Text and Commentary
xxxii
Introduction to the Commentary
xxxiii
Dedicatory Verses
xlvii
Chapter IXExamination of the Prior Entity
ix
Chapter XExamination of Fire and Fuel
xx
Chapter XIExamination of the Initial and Final Limits
xi
Chapter XIIExamination of Suffering
xii
Chapter XIIIExamination of Compounded Phenomena
xiii
Chapter XIVExamination of Connection
xiv
Chapter XVExamination of Essence
xv
Chapter XVIExamination of Bondage
xvi
Chapter XVIIExamination of Actions and Their Fruits
xvii
Chapter XVIIIExamination of Self and Entities
xviii
Chapter XIXExamination of Time
xix
Chapter XXExamination of Combination
xx
Chapter XXIExamination of Becoming and Destruction
xxi
Chapter XXIIExamination of the Tathgata
xxii
Chapter XXIIIExamination of Errors
xxiii
Chapter XXIVExamination of the Four Noble Truths
xxiv
Chapter XXVExamination of Nirva
xxv
Chapter XXVIExamination of the Twelve Links
xxvi
Chapter XXVIIExamination of Views
xxvii
References
xlvi
Index
lv
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Jay L. Garfield is Professor of Philosophy at Smith College and Director of the Hampshire in India Program (an exchange program with the Tibetan universities in exile) at Hampshire College. He is the author of Belief in Psychology, Cognitive Science: An Introduction, and Western Idealism and ItsCritics: A Textbook For Use in Tibetan Monastic Universities.

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