An Introduction to Madhyamaka Philosophy

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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 elucidated 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 Madhyama Pratipad, Samvrti and Paramartha Satya, Tathata, Dharmadhatu and Bhutakoti.

Preface

This is a brief Introduction to Madhyamaka Philosophy. It contains, however, all the essential features of this system.

It gives a history of the rise and growth of Madhyamaka Philosophy, and the origin, structure, development and purpose of the Madhyamaka dialectic. It elucidates in detail 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 in detail the meaning of Sunya-Sunyata and its axiological and soteriological significance.

Other important features of the Introduction are the clarification of the concept of Madhyama Pratipad, Samvrti and Paramartha Satya, Tathata, Dharmadhatu and Bhutakoti. It gives not only the negative side of Nagarjuna's Philosophy but also his positive contribution.

With all these features, this Introduction will be of value to the students of Madhyamaka Philosophy.

Contents

 

Preface v
Mahayana and Hinayana 1
Three Phases in Buddhism 2
Madhyamaka Sastra: Life of Nagarjuna and Aryadeva 3
The Original Sources of Mahayana 7
The Madhyamaka Works and Schools 11
Nagarjuna and Aryadeva (2nd Century A.D.) 11
The Madhyamaka Dialect: Its Origin, Structure and Development 14
Positive Contribution of Nagarjuna 20
The distinction between Hinayana and Mahayana 22
Main Features of Madhyamaka Philosophy 36
Significance of the Concept of Madhyama Pratipad 49
The Absolute and Phenomena 50
Samvrti and Paramartha Satya 52
Tathata-Tathagata 55
Dharmadhatu and Bhutakoti 57
Index 61

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