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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His greatest philosophical w The Buddhist saint Nagarjuna, who lived in South India in approximately the nagarjuan century CE, is undoubtedly the most important, influential, and widely studied Mahayana Buddhist philosopher.

In fact Garfield’s is, in my opinion, the best overall account of Nagarjuna’s central work yet to appear in English. The rigour and detail in the translation is a joy. The whole text, as one friend called it, is a giant game of ontological strip poker with its imagined opponents, who think they’re playing plain-old Jenga instead.

As he acknowledges in a note, this verse is usually translated quite differently: As the argument here runs, there’s conventional truth, in that it’s silly to reply to “Watch out for that oncoming bus! Good to read alongside Batchelor’s literal trans.: Truly changed my life, and continues to inform my priorities. None of the other Stone columns that month had over comments.

The emptiness of all phenomena is gsrfield their conventional reality, which is itself likewise thoroughly empty. The commentary is phenomenal, and yet, understanding both Nagarjuna’s points, as well as the commentary, takes great patience. This represents the radical understanding of the Buddhist doctrine of the two truths, or two levels of reality. The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way: For this would better position him to answer the objections of those like Hayes who see Nagarjuna as routinely saddling his opponent with highly questionable assumptions an objection that the Western philosopher is likely to share.


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Difficult at first read but worth it if you want to know the Madyamika take on Emptiness and get to grasp with Nagarjuna. A difficult text, but an amazing explication on the Buddhist view of nagajruna, and, especially important for a western audience, how that differs from mere nihilism.

But I must delete “philosophical. Nagarjuna gets five stars.

For an entity can be said to be illuminated only if it is also capable of existing in the dark, and the lamp qua illuminator never exists in the dark. Garfield is also not entirely convincing in his accountgagfield, of Nagarjuna’s use of the notion of parabhava. But what do you know?

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Let me quote from Library Journal: Jay Garfield really knows his shit, and draws apt parallels with Hume and Wittgenstein without meandering into comparative philosophy.

One of the main issues is this: This makes it possible for students to confront the text directly and grapple with Nagarjuna’s arguments on their own before taking in Garfield’s reconstruction of them. For the serious reader in Religious Studies or the student of Mahayana Buddhist philosophy, it’s a must read!

Sep 14, Cecilia rated it liked it. More importantly, Prof Garfield explained the text with such clarity and intensity that the wisdom of the middle way was layed before me. The actual text of Fundamental Verses on the Middle Way is nagwrjuna too obscure for anyone who hasn’t been schooled in this stuff, and Garfield does a great job of explicating the text, as well as giving references to alternate interpretations and guidance to the different schools of thought that have commented on this work over the last years.


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Retrieved 15 December I garfiwld the extreme good fortune to be Jay Garfield’s teaching assistant when he was writing this book and got to read and proofread! For a good study of the nihilist interpretation which was more common among Nagarjuna’s Indian opponents, see Thomas Wood’s Nagarjunian Disputations.

The emptiness of all phenomena is not their utter ineffability, nor their utter non-existence. This is especially important since this then offers an independent argument for the claim that we cannot make sense of the notion of a thing that bears an intrinsic essence.

I also found it astounding and enlightening, and it has influenced how I view life and reality. One final point concerning the framework will bring us to the arguments themselves.

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The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way: It is arranged in a way that will prove useful nagajruna undergraduate teaching: Inclusion is the order of the day. Garrield 25, Katy D rated it really liked it. A little background in western epistemology and ontology is helpful Plato, Hume, Kant but not absolutely necessary if you’re willing to let Garfield lead you through the arguments.

I was right and this translation is better than his! Which, yes, brings you to Derrida territory as much as Wittgenstein territory, but coming from a 2nd Century Indian Buddhist context, it pulls different rhetorical moves. Similarly, I would follow Candrakirti in taking I.