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Unformatted text preview: Religion Notes 03/23/11 Madhyamika-One of the most important of Buddhist schools-Developed early emphasis on Perfection of Wisdom ( prajna ) through doctrine of Emptiness ( Sunyata )- Nagarjuna (2 nd CE)-South Indian Brahmin convert to Buddhism -Regarded as greatest Buddhist philosopher because his influence could be found across all kinds of Buddhism -Wrote Madhyamika Karika: Fundamentals of the Middle Way -Philosophy of Middle Way (Madhyamika) -Key concept of Madhyamika is Sunyata = Emptiness-Sunyata is an extension of Theravada doctrine of no-self = anatta-Sunyata -> all things and beings lack independent reality (have no ultimate foundation except emptiness) -All realities are equally empty of absolute truth -Comprehension of sunyata frees one from all kinds of attachment and leads to Enlightenment -> realization of sunyata underlying all teaching Paradoxical Logic of Madhyamika-Nagarjuna realizes that this also applies to his own thought, therefore refuses to take a position: My position is to have no position -> Deconstruction? My position is to have no position -> Deconstruction?...
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This note was uploaded on 11/28/2011 for the course RELIGION 202 taught by Professor Mandair during the Winter '11 term at University of Michigan.
- Winter '11