own preferred way to read Nagarjuna, and the reading dominant in Tibetan and highly influential example, what is Nagiirjuna and what is Garfield. After all, al-. Jay L. Garfield (Translator). · Rating details · 1, ratings · 33 reviews. The Buddhist saint Nagarjuna, who lived in South India in approximately the second. The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way. Nagarjuna’s Mulamadhyamakakarika. Translation and Commentary by Jay L. Garfield. Groundbreaking translation.

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I had the extreme good fortune to be Nagaruuna Garfield’s teaching assistant when he was writing this book and got to read and proofread!

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This may very well strike the casual reader as 1 repetitive nagarjuha ritualistic 2 entirely abstruse given especially the lack of commentary – which nonetheless can be got elsewhere; see Jay Garfield’s work. There is, though, one rather curious lapse from his otherwise consistent adherence to his interpretive framework.

Thanks Jay, Thanks Nagarjuna. This represents the radical understanding of the Buddhist doctrine of the two truths, or two levels of reality.

Jay L. Garfield

I was right and this translation is better than his! National University of Singapore Giving. Now Garfield takes the point garfielf to be that while the opponent wants origination not itself to be originated, the nagarjun is itself illuminated and so cannot serve the opponent’s purpose. And examination of these categories reveals the further assumption that reality ultimately consists in things that “exist from their own side” Garfield makes good use of the Tibetan phrase: When in the factory did its bus-ness garfiwld I can’t rank the translation as I am not a translator garfjeld, nor able to read Sanskrit or Tibetan.

Excellent introduction to Mahayana Buddhism straight from the monk’s mouth. Transforming Consciousness John Makeham. As interpreted by Garfield, Nagarjuna’s Mulamadhyamakakarika is most everything I ever wanted to say to the “early” Platonic dialogues but didn’t quite have the sharp vocabulary as a college freshman to do so: And before you turn the skeptical weapon back on the wielder, this is a text that certainly doesn’t mind being seen as only provisionally true.


Overall, it was okay and really worth studying nagarjunz you are into that sort of thing and the excessive use of the word “Syllogism” by over-zealous and linguistically dull translators of the past make this translation at least readable to nagarjuba end because he didn’t do that! But the opponent does wish origination to itself be originated, namely by itself; the point was to introduce an instance of reflexive operation in order to stop the infinite regress threatened by Nagarjuna’s initial argument.

It is not easy to read and a bit tedious at times but worth the effort. Required reading for Buddhist philosophy and a philosophical thrill ride for anyone. However, every time I “got it”, and understood exactly, and deeply, what he was trying to say, I felt a great sense of awe.

Despite lacking any essence, he argues, phenomena nonetheless exist conventionally, and that indeed conventional existence and ultimate emptiness are in fact the same thing.

As long as you insist on supposing that there are things with intrinsically determinate essences, you will find yourself unable to maintain this key Buddhist tenet. You are such a moron!

The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way: Nāgārjuna’s Mūlamadhyamakakārikā by Nāgārjuna

At times the sight can This may very well strike the casual reader as 1 repetitive and ritualistic 2 entirely abstruse nagaruuna especially the lack of commentary – which nonetheless can be got elsewhere; see Jay Garfield’s work. This page was last edited on 15 Octoberat I’m by no means a Buddhist, but I’m having a lot of fun with my little comparative religion independent study here, and I am definitely in awe of the rhetorical awesomeness and colossal garfisld deployed by Nagarjuna.


Jan 07, Kaitlyn rated it it was amazing. He is credited with developing the philosophy of the Prajnaparamita sutras, and was closely associated with the Buddhist university of Nalanda. In other words, every object and idea and action would have so many Right Answers hard-coded in that it’s hard to see how anything ever changes or nnagarjuna or grows. The emptiness of all phenomena is not their utter ineffability, nor their utter non-existence.

They are independent” There’s the text itself, the translation and the commentary. If we did have a universe where there were Right Answers about all these things–where there is a secret pre-Babel language where words correspond garfoeld to things-in-themselves, you would have a cosmos based on inherent being. Jan 27, Lin Kudla rated it it was ok Shelves: Ebook This title is available as an ebook. A course in Indian philosophy is not another course in the history of philosophybut is part nagarjunna the non-Western curriculum.

This may not prove fully effective, however, if he indicates at the outset that the conventional realm offers a means of escaping the dilemmas posed by the dialectic. It will take a while to properly digest this work and I suspect I will need to revisit it in the future.

Garfield rejects both interpretations. If things did not exist without essence, The phrase “When this exists so this will be,” would not be acceptable.

Choose your country or region Close. This brings us to the heart of the disagreement between Garfield and Hayes. But there is some reason to believe that the opponent intends fire to serve as a counter-example to the principle that an entity cannot operate on itself, the principle that Nagarjuna’s argument of II.