Sevenfold reasoning of the chariot

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Sevenfold reasoning of the chariot (Tib. ཤིང་རྟ་རྣམ་བདུན་གྱི་རིགས་པ་, shingta nam dün gyi rikpa, Wyl. shing rta rnam bdun gyi rigs pa) — a line of logical reasoning used by Chandrakirti in his Madhyamakavatara in order to establish the selflessness of the individual and show that the self is merely a designation, applied to an assembly of parts, in just the same way that the designation 'chariot' is applied to the assembly of its parts, i.e., the wheels, axle, body and so on.

  1. There is no chariot which is other than its parts
  2. There is no chariot which is the same as its parts
  3. There is no chariot which possesses its parts
  4. There is no chariot which depends on its parts
  5. There is no chariot upon which the parts depend
  6. There is no chariot which is the collection of its parts
  7. There is no chariot which is the shape of its parts

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