Nāgārjuna’s Twelve Gate Treatise : Translated with by Hsueh-li Cheng

By Hsueh-li Cheng

MADHYAMIKA The hallmark of Miidhyamika philosophy is 'Emptiness', sunyata. this isn't a view of truth. in truth it truly is emphatically denied that sunyata is a view of truth. If anyone falls into such an blunders as to construe vacancy as truth (or as a view, even the best view, of reality), he's basically greedy the snake on the flawed finish (Mk, 24.1 I)! Nftgfujuna in Mk, 24.18, has talked about not less than 4 methods during which an identical fact is conveyed: no matter what relies origination, we name it vacancy. that's (also) based conceptualization; that's, to ensure, the center approach. the 2 phrases, pratitya samutpiida and upiidiiya prajnapti, which i've got translated the following- as 'dependent origination' and 'dependent conceptualization' must be defined. The interdependence of every thing (and lower than 'everything' we may well contain, following the Mftdhyamika, all goods, ontological techniques, entities, theories, perspectives, theses or even relative truths), i.e., the basic loss of independence of the beginning (cf. utpiida) of every thing proves or exhibits that every thing is largely with out its assumed essence or its autonomous 'own nature' or its 'self-existence' (cf. svabhiiva). in addition to, our cognition of whatever lacks independence within the related manner. Our perception (cf. prajnapti) of anything a basically will depend on whatever b, and so forth for every little thing advert infinitum.

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Each dharma exists for only an instant,27 and yet is self-sufficient and possesses its own mark or characteristic, which defines its essential nature as different from all others. For example, consciousness is the state of "being aware', and ignorance, of 'lack of cognition'. Though distinct and separated from one another, the dharmas are linked together according to SAN-LUN APPROACHES TO EMPTINESS 19 the principle of causation. 28 The Miidhyamikas countered that although it was correct for early scholastic Buddhists to repudiate the concept of atman, they suffered from the same disease as Hindu philosophers: both had made an ontological commitment to something and became attached to it (or them).

This is a wisdom without attachment; it is synonymous with Sunyatii. This no-knowing and empty nature of prajiiii is well stated by Seng-chao: Thus in prajiiii there is nothing that is known, and nothing that is seen .... It is evident that there is a markless knowing and unknowing illumination ... Real prajiiii is as pure as empty space, without knowing, without seeing, without acting, and without objects. 41 Unfortunately, the doctrine of emptiness in Madhyamika Buddhism is often interpreted as absolutism or nihilism; the word empty or emptiness is regarded as a descriptive name referring to Absolute Being or Absolute Non-being.

Through desire are four clingings 15 produced, and through the clinging perceptions being is generated. If the perceiver has no clinging perception, he will be freed and there will be no being. From being birth arises, and from birth old age and death arise. From old age and death, misery, grief, despair, and disturbance arise. These various things arise from birth. So owing to the twelve chains of causal conditions, great sufferings are produced. The so-called wheel of life and death is the source of all actions.

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