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Religion Notes 03.23.11 - Religion Notes Madhyamika-One of...

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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?
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