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Non-Western Approach – Buddhism
Here you will find materials on Buddhist approaches to reality, consciousness, and the self. In particular, we will examine the ideas of “emptiness” and “dependent arising” as proposed by Nagarjuna (c. 150 – 250 c.e., probably S. India) and as elaborated by Tsongkhapa (1357–1419, Tibet). Read the material in the order in which you find it below. The first two articles with give you background on these two thinkers – just fyi.
The following two articles are two different translations of chapter 18 (XVIII), “Examination of Self and Entities,” of Nagarjuna’s work, Mūlamadhyamakakārikā (Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way). The are quite short, but dense. Read them slowly, as we will focus on them.
The next three articles are commentaries on this little chapter. The first is a modern commentary, the latter two are commentaries by Tsongkhapa.
The last two articles are essays explaining the doctrine of “emptiness.” These are meant as background.