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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My own view is that yatas in I. Garfield later explained, “I woke up to all this email in my inbox [with] people asking, ‘Are you okay? He said, “This Professorship has given me gatfield opportunity of a lifetime — working with motivated, creative and talented students and colleagues and working in a community committed to building something entirely new, an Asian liberal arts college with a truly nagarjhna curriculum.

Garfield presents a superb translation of the Tibetan text of Mulamadhyamikakarika in its entirety, and a commentary reflecting the Tibetan tradition through which Nagarjuna’s philosophical influence has largely been transmitted. Garfield is also not entirely convincing in his account, of Nagarjuna’s use of the notion of parabhava. Now in the case of this verse, Garfield is overlooking the possibility that the argument is directed against a satkaryavadinsomeone who holds that prior to its production, the effect exists in unmanifest form in its material cause.

Likewise, Garfield interprets the argument of V.

I myself favor the skeptical interpretation that Garfield favors in this translation and which is also one of the main interpretations in the Tibetan tradition. Is a broken bus still a bus? Reading the Minds of Events: Garfield is right to see the doctrine of intrinsic essences playing a crucial role in the argument here, but it is not clear that he has the argument quite right.

We have so much to learn from each other, if only we listen. And in his discussion of the arguments against time in MMK XIX, he makes interesting use of the notion of a meta-time, thereby making far better sense of the argument than others have managed to do.


The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way: Nor do any have the power to act. Garfield could thus dispel the gargield that the opponent is a straw person expressly concocted to suit Nagarjuna’s dialectical purposes. I do not see textual support for Garfield’s claim that in MMK I, Nagarjuna is articulating a conventional regularity theory of dependent arising. Whether the Madhyamika should develop gafield full-blown theory of causation such as a regularity theory is perhaps best left to Prasangikas and Svatantrikas to sort out.

However, every time I “got it”, and understood exactly, and deeply, what he was trying to say, I felt a great sense of awe. He then takes the opponent’s introduction of fire in II. My interest in buddhism waxes and wanes but I’ll always have this book nearby.

Very interesting, very good, very difficult. No trivia or garfiele yet. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. My favorite footnote cites the Dalai Lama based on conversation!

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If things did not nagarjunz without essence, The phrase “When this exists so this will be,” would not be acceptable.

Philosophy, reason at its very finest!!!

He certainly has a Buddhist soteriological project at the heart of this, attempting to rescue said project of enlightenment from what he clearly saw as an unbearable scholasticism And this particular proposed solution to that problem had MASSIVE echoes down through all his Mahayana successors.

And Garfield does show concern regarding this issue.

Ebook This title is available as an ebook. Plus, Nagarjuna tells you how to get away from it all by achieving Nirvana! This is particularly surprising given that the verse in question makes no mention of how things appear to buddhas; it merely claims that reification of buddhas is just as misguided as reification of any other category that might be thought to represent the ultimately real.

Loved the blend of east and west.

A fairly subtle and technical book. For instance, the commentary on Vigrahavyavartani VV verse 33 has the opponent saying that fire illuminates both itself and other things.

Despite lacking any essence, he argues, phenomena nonetheless exist conventionally, and that indeed conventional existence and ultimate emptiness are in fact the same thing. If so, does it still imply mass transit?


The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way

Jan 30, Sugoi10 rated it really liked it Shelves: Nagarjuna present an abrupt distillation of Buddhism that I find more concise and to-the-point than even the Dhammapada. And unpacking this point is the key to explaining Nagarjuna’s strategy for showing that then nothing could be ultimately real. When in the factory did its bus-ness emerge? In a series of reductio ad absurdum-like analyses of various types of phenomena, Nagarjuna demonstrates the incoherence of the belief in an inherently existent basis for objects of awareness.

I can’t rank the translation as I am not a translator myself, nor able to read Sanskrit or Tibetan. If you wish, you may make a small donation to help this site defray overhead costs. Thus it seems somewhat gratuitous to introduce the notion that there is some distinctive way presumably some ultimately true way? Required reading for Buddhist philosophy and a philosophical thrill ride for anyone. 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.

The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way – Paperback – Nagarjuna – Oxford University Press

Garfield explains the argument as claiming that since the essence of the effect e. Trivia About The Fundamental W Nagarjuna is one example of a philosopher that says enough provocative things to hold peoples’ interest, but is not quite clear enough for any one interpretation to win out, thus keeping his name on the lips of Indian and Buddhist philosophers for the last 1, years.

The following is an essay in which I investigate the relevance of Nagarjuna to the poetry of contemporary poet Leslie Scalapino.

There are no conditions without power to act. More wisdom from more perspectives — what could be better?