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Prasangika Madhayamaka

Post by sherab zangpo on Thu Apr 23, 2009 2:24 am

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Re: Prasangika Madhayamaka

Post by muni on Thu Apr 23, 2009 7:31 am

Madhyamika (S): Tibetan: Uma. Middle Way. A philosophical school based on the Prajnaparamita Sutras and their doctrine of Emptiness; the Middle Way philosophy expounded by Nagarjuna. The Madhyamika is concerned both with the transcendence of logical affirmation and negation, and stresses the dependent origination of all things and the limitations of rational constructs. It represents a great philosophical tradition of Mahayana buddhism, which was expounded in detail by the great Master Nagarjuna, which adopts a middle position between two extreme views of eternalism and nihilism. Madhyamika is a response to essential questions concerning the existence or the nonexistence of things (phenomena) as well as beings. Nagarjuna states that in the final analysis of any conventionally established object, it is an error either to affirm or deny its existence, nonexistence, to say it possess attributes of the two at the same time, or neither, are all insufficient to describe its true nature. To claim otherwise is an extreme view which is a symptom of ego-clinging to the assumption of inherent existence. Since the Buddha taught the emptiness of appearance, nowhere will one find substance, essence or ontological foundation; with proper analysis, the problem disappears on its own since there is no further referenceto an ego or real things. Nagarjuna equated emptiness with interdependent origination, thecausally-conditioned, relative nature of all compounded phenomena. He posited two levels of truth, the absolute and the conventional. His immediate disciple Aryadeva carried on his teaching. About A.D. 500 Bhavaviveka, heading the Svatantrika school of the Madhyamika, held that the Buddhist position can be put forward by positive argument. The Prasanga school, championed by Chandrakirti, opposed him and reaffirmed the simple refutation of opponents by reductio ad absurdum as the true Madhyamika position.

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Re: Prasangika Madhayamaka

Post by muni on Thu Apr 23, 2009 7:46 am

There are lots of question which arise when I look to some interpretations. Like often the word nihilism and floating in the middle of nowhere.

With respect; Along the dependent origination: there are no other phenomena than as a consequence of depending on many factors, causes and conditions.
Then is there the collection of form, feeling, perception, thought and consciousness. In these collection its events are produced by previous ones: karma; from which suffer arises.

When there is a compounded me-you-phenomena in conventionally view, how can there be completely "peace" when there is still an existence and a non-existence in Absolute?

In what form is the Absolute seen when there is talk of something and nothing?
How it brings the idea of nihilism ( nothing) or even absolutism (God) ?

It can at the other side appear as a form of subtle ego clinging when everything is only accept by words explanation. sunny

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