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THE FRAMEWORK OF NAGARUJANA'S PHILOSOPHY
THE FRAMEWORK OF NAGARUJANA'S PHILOSOPHY
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The book is and attempt to reconstruct a better understanding of Nagarjuna's philosophy in a novel way. It is a new and somewhat unconventional way of looking at Nagarjuna's philosophy.

The work is carried out by strictly adhering to original Sanskrit text-Madhyamaka Sastra. The author has dealt with three important concepts viz. Pratitya Samutpada, Sunyata and Nirvana which are considered to be highly technical, philosophical rich and intellectually rewarding as pillars of Nagarjuna's philosophy position viz.Madhyama pratipad. By analysing these three concepts, the author shows that the teaching of the Buddha and thereby path between two extreme positions adopted in this regard on any level of understandng. It is the contention of the author that the meaning of Madhyama marga can be understood only by proper understanding interrelation between Pratiya Samutpada, Sunyata and Nirvana as distinct from its simplistic interpretation in vogue. This book it is hoped will be a good contribution to the field of Indian philosophy in general and classical Buddhist philosophy in particular.

About the Author:

The author of this book, Dr. A. M. Padhye has a giid academic career. Graduated in 1972 from the Poona University, Dr. Padhye obtained his post-graduation in first class from the same University in 1974. Since then he is working as a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at Sonopant Dandekar College, Palghar, Dis., Thane. Dr. Padhye prosecuted his higher studies and completed Doctoral research under the guidance of Dr. M. P. Marathe and eminent scholar of the subject. He was awarded Teacher Fellowship by University Grants Commission. Dr. Padhye has contributed some articles in Marathi on philosophical subject to some reputed periodicals.

CONTENTS

Abbreviations Viii
Acknowledgements Ix
Introductions Xi
CHAPTER- I
SOME VIEWS ABOUT NAGARJUNA'S PHILOSOPHY AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS 1-20
Classification of Perspectives about Nagarjuna's Philosophy 1
Nagarjuna's Philosophical Position as Nihilism 2
Nagarjuna's Philosophy as Monism 5
Nagarjuna's Philosophy as Absolutism 8
Nagarjuna's Philosophical Position as Mysticism 11
Important difficulties Arising from these Implications 14
CHAPTER- II
PRATITYA SAMUTPADA 21-53
Three Perspectives about change and continuity 21
Candrakirti's Importance 26
Purpose of Madhyamakasastra 27
Prevalent Views about Pratitya Samutpada 28
Difficulties Arising out of the interpretation of the Doctrine of Pratitya Samutpada as a Causal Theory 30
Meaning of Pratitya Samutapada 34
Purpose of Pratitya Samutapada 37
General Account of Pratitya Samutapada 38
Nagarjuna on Tattva and Tathya 42
Nagarjuna's world-view 43
Nagarjuna on Svabhava 44
Crucial Tents on Nagarjuna's Account of the World 45
A Leap Towards Sunyata 48
CHAPTER- III
SUNYATA 54-92
Methodological and Intuitive Constraints 55
Sunyata- A Janus-faced Notion 58
Sunyata- An Ontological Aspect 61
Sunyata- Logico-Linguistic Aspect 79
Sarvadharmasunyata 79
Sarvapadarthasunyata 82
Sarvabhavasunyata 84
CHAPTER- IV
NIRVANA 93-125
Historical Background of Nirvana 96
Nagarjuna on Lokasamvritti and Pramarthasatya 103
Nirvana: Non- Psychological non-ontological 106
First Possibility Discussed 109
Second Possibility Discussed 110
Third Possibility Discussed 110
Fourth Possibility Discussed 111
The Nature of Nirvana 111
Characteristics of Nirvana 113
Nirvana Its bearings upon Ontology 114
Nirvana: Its bearings upon Epistemology 116
Nirvana: Its bearings upon Linguistic Frame 116
Nirvana: Its bearings Upon Social, Moral and Religious Fields 117
CHAPTER- V
MADHYAMA PRATIPAD 126-150
Sunyavada is not Nagarjuna's Philosophical Position 126
Nagarjuna's Philosophical Position 131
Two Interpretations Buddha's Silence 133
Madhyama Pratipad- A Geunie Mean Between the Two Extreme Positions 136
The Connection of Madhyama Pratipad with Pratitya Samutpada Sunyata and Nirvana 141
Madhyama Pratipad and Pratitya Samutpada 141
Madhyama Pratipad and Pratitya Sunyata 144
Madhyama Pratipad and Pratitya Nirvana 145
General Implication of Madhyama Pratipad 146
BIBLIOGRAPHY 151
INDEX 157

THE FRAMEWORK OF NAGARUJANA'S PHILOSOPHY

Item Code:
IDF583
Cover:
Hardcover
Edition:
1988
ISBN:
8170301246
Language:
English
Size:
8.7" X 5.6"
Pages:
160
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From the Jacket:

The book is and attempt to reconstruct a better understanding of Nagarjuna's philosophy in a novel way. It is a new and somewhat unconventional way of looking at Nagarjuna's philosophy.

The work is carried out by strictly adhering to original Sanskrit text-Madhyamaka Sastra. The author has dealt with three important concepts viz. Pratitya Samutpada, Sunyata and Nirvana which are considered to be highly technical, philosophical rich and intellectually rewarding as pillars of Nagarjuna's philosophy position viz.Madhyama pratipad. By analysing these three concepts, the author shows that the teaching of the Buddha and thereby path between two extreme positions adopted in this regard on any level of understandng. It is the contention of the author that the meaning of Madhyama marga can be understood only by proper understanding interrelation between Pratiya Samutpada, Sunyata and Nirvana as distinct from its simplistic interpretation in vogue. This book it is hoped will be a good contribution to the field of Indian philosophy in general and classical Buddhist philosophy in particular.

About the Author:

The author of this book, Dr. A. M. Padhye has a giid academic career. Graduated in 1972 from the Poona University, Dr. Padhye obtained his post-graduation in first class from the same University in 1974. Since then he is working as a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at Sonopant Dandekar College, Palghar, Dis., Thane. Dr. Padhye prosecuted his higher studies and completed Doctoral research under the guidance of Dr. M. P. Marathe and eminent scholar of the subject. He was awarded Teacher Fellowship by University Grants Commission. Dr. Padhye has contributed some articles in Marathi on philosophical subject to some reputed periodicals.

CONTENTS

Abbreviations Viii
Acknowledgements Ix
Introductions Xi
CHAPTER- I
SOME VIEWS ABOUT NAGARJUNA'S PHILOSOPHY AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS 1-20
Classification of Perspectives about Nagarjuna's Philosophy 1
Nagarjuna's Philosophical Position as Nihilism 2
Nagarjuna's Philosophy as Monism 5
Nagarjuna's Philosophy as Absolutism 8
Nagarjuna's Philosophical Position as Mysticism 11
Important difficulties Arising from these Implications 14
CHAPTER- II
PRATITYA SAMUTPADA 21-53
Three Perspectives about change and continuity 21
Candrakirti's Importance 26
Purpose of Madhyamakasastra 27
Prevalent Views about Pratitya Samutpada 28
Difficulties Arising out of the interpretation of the Doctrine of Pratitya Samutpada as a Causal Theory 30
Meaning of Pratitya Samutapada 34
Purpose of Pratitya Samutapada 37
General Account of Pratitya Samutapada 38
Nagarjuna on Tattva and Tathya 42
Nagarjuna's world-view 43
Nagarjuna on Svabhava 44
Crucial Tents on Nagarjuna's Account of the World 45
A Leap Towards Sunyata 48
CHAPTER- III
SUNYATA 54-92
Methodological and Intuitive Constraints 55
Sunyata- A Janus-faced Notion 58
Sunyata- An Ontological Aspect 61
Sunyata- Logico-Linguistic Aspect 79
Sarvadharmasunyata 79
Sarvapadarthasunyata 82
Sarvabhavasunyata 84
CHAPTER- IV
NIRVANA 93-125
Historical Background of Nirvana 96
Nagarjuna on Lokasamvritti and Pramarthasatya 103
Nirvana: Non- Psychological non-ontological 106
First Possibility Discussed 109
Second Possibility Discussed 110
Third Possibility Discussed 110
Fourth Possibility Discussed 111
The Nature of Nirvana 111
Characteristics of Nirvana 113
Nirvana Its bearings upon Ontology 114
Nirvana: Its bearings upon Epistemology 116
Nirvana: Its bearings upon Linguistic Frame 116
Nirvana: Its bearings Upon Social, Moral and Religious Fields 117
CHAPTER- V
MADHYAMA PRATIPAD 126-150
Sunyavada is not Nagarjuna's Philosophical Position 126
Nagarjuna's Philosophical Position 131
Two Interpretations Buddha's Silence 133
Madhyama Pratipad- A Geunie Mean Between the Two Extreme Positions 136
The Connection of Madhyama Pratipad with Pratitya Samutpada Sunyata and Nirvana 141
Madhyama Pratipad and Pratitya Samutpada 141
Madhyama Pratipad and Pratitya Sunyata 144
Madhyama Pratipad and Pratitya Nirvana 145
General Implication of Madhyama Pratipad 146
BIBLIOGRAPHY 151
INDEX 157

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