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Please enable cookies in your browser to get the full Trove experience. Skip to content Skip to search. Della Santina, Peter. Language English. Author Della Santina, Peter. Physical Description xii, p ; 21 cm. Subjects Nagarjuna. Buddhism -- Doctrine. Notes Include notes. Language English Dewey Number View online Borrow Buy. Set up My libraries How do I set up "My libraries"? Open to the public Book English Show 0 more libraries None of your libraries hold this item.

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causality and emptiness - The Wisdom of Nagarjuna

Among these assumptions are the existence of stable substances, the linear and one-directional movement of causation, the atomic individuality of persons, the belief in a fixed identity or selfhood, and the strict separations between good and bad conduct and the blessed and fettered life. Denial of autonomy according to Nagarjuna does not leave us with a sense of metaphysical or existential privation, a loss of some hoped-for independence and freedom, but instead offers us a sense of liberation through demonstrating the interconnectedness of all things, including human beings and the manner in which human life unfolds in the natural and social worlds. Precious little is known about the actual life of the historical Nagarjuna. The two most extensive biographies of Nagarjuna, one in Chinese and the other in Tibetan, were written many centuries after his life and incorporate much lively but historically unreliable material which sometimes reaches mythic proportions. However, from the sketches of historical detail and the legend meant to be pedagogical in nature, combined with the texts reasonably attributed to him, some sense may be gained of his place in the Indian Buddhist and philosophical traditions. The dates of his life are just as amorphous, but two texts which may well have been authored by him offer some help. These are in the form of epistles and were addressed to the historical king of the northern Satvahana dynasty Gautamiputra Satakarni ruled c.


Nagarjuna (c. 150—c. 250)

All Buddhist schools have denied the existence of the self as an identical permanent substance. They have also universally rejected the notion of a supreme God. They have however accepted the reality of pre-existence and subsequent rebirth as well as the provisional efficiency of actions Karma. Those who adhere to the doctrine of the self have opposed this view, because as they contend, denial of an identical permanent self controverts the efficiency of actions and the doctrine of rebirth. The Buddhist schools have replied to this objection with the doctrine of Interdependent Origination. This work consists of the english language translations of some of Nagarjuna 's most significant works such as Sunyatasaptati Seventy Verses on Emptiness , Yuktisastika Sixty Verses on Reasoning , Suhrllekha Letter to a Good Friend as well a short exposition on the doctrine of interdependent origination which forms the heart of Nagarjuna's and according to him Buddha's views about the nature of reality.


Causality and Emptiness – The Wisdom of Nagarjuna – by Peter Della Santina

If we want to go beyond these bare facts, however, intricate historical detective work is required. The interested reader is referred to Mabbett and Walser for further discussion. It has been commented upon by a large number of later authors. Another short treatise, dealing in addition with questions of agency and the two truths. See Westerhoff

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