An Introduction to the Philosophy of Nagarjuna

by Musashi Tachikawa, Rolf W. Giebel


  • ISBN: 9788120814660, 8120814665
  • Year of Publication: 1997
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Edition: 1st
  • No. of Pages: 213
  • Language: English
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    This book is a study of the Mulamadhyamakakarika (Middle Stanzas), the

    chief work of Nagarjuna (2nd-3rd cent.), who established the theoretical

    foundations of Mahayana Buddhism and is known in Japan as "the founder of

    the eight Sects." The Middle Stanzas is a treatise that integrates the

    concepts of dependent co-arising (Pratityasamutpada) and emptiness

    (Sunyata), fundamental to the thought of Mahayana Buddhism, but the manner

    in which Nagarjuna develops his arguments is unusual and the middle Stanzas

    has acquired a reputation as a difficult work. The present book attempts to

    elucidate the distinctive and abstruse arguments presented in the Middle

    Stanzas by means of an original method not previously used in this context.

    In addition to its examination of the logic of emptiness, this book also

    aims to explore the idea of emptiness from the perspective of religious

    studies. That is to say, the author seeks to situate the intuitive wisdom

    of emptiness within the full compass of religious experiences. Towards this

    end, he employs the concepts of "the sacred" and "the profane," basic

    concepts in the field of religious studies, and proposes a method for

    considering the experience of the wisdom of emptiness within the same

    framework as Tantric practices such as mandala visualization and group

    rituals such as funeral rites.

    Review(s)

    I found An Introduction to the Philosophy of Nagarjuna to be a stimulating

    and enjoyable study... The book is well-produced... Rolf W. Giebel should

    be congratulated. - D. F. BURTON

    The book needs to be studied carefully and profitably by those int

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