Nagarjuna's Madhyamaka: A Philosophical Introduction

Nagarjuna's Madhyamaka: A Philosophical Introduction

by Jan Westerhoff
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195384962

ISBN-13: 9780195384963

Pub. Date: 02/23/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press


The Indian philosopher Acharya Nagarjuna (c. 150-250 CE) was the founder of the Madhyamaka (Middle Path) school of Mahayana Buddhism and arguably the most influential Buddhist thinker after Buddha himself. Indeed, in the Tibetan and East Asian traditions, Nagarjuna is often referred to as the 'second Buddha.' His primary contribution to Buddhist thought lies is in…  See more details below

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The Indian philosopher Acharya Nagarjuna (c. 150-250 CE) was the founder of the Madhyamaka (Middle Path) school of Mahayana Buddhism and arguably the most influential Buddhist thinker after Buddha himself. Indeed, in the Tibetan and East Asian traditions, Nagarjuna is often referred to as the 'second Buddha.' His primary contribution to Buddhist thought lies is in the further development of the concept of sunyata or 'emptiness.' For Nagarjuna, all phenomena are without any svabhaba, literally 'own-nature' or 'self-nature', and thus without any underlying essence. In this book, Jan Westerhoff offers a systematic account of Nagarjuna's philosophical position. He reads Nagarjuna in his own philosophical context, but he does not hesitate to show that the issues of Indian and Tibetan Buddhist philosophy have at least family resemblances to issues in European philosophy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195384963
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
02/23/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,248,147
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

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