Mulamadhyamaka-karika

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Nagarjuna

Mulamadhyamika-karika (Skt. Prajñā-nāma-mūlamadhyamakakārikā; Tib. Uma Tsawa Sherab; Wyl. dbu ma rtsa ba shes rab), The Root Verses on the Wisdom of the Middle Way. The most famous and important treatise on Madhyamika philosophy, composed by the great master Nagarjuna.

Outline

There are twenty-seven chapters:

  1. Examination of Conditions
  2. Examination of Motion
  3. Examination of the Senses
  4. Examination of the Skandhas
  5. Examination of the Dhatus
  6. Examination of Desire and the Desirous
  7. Examination of the Conditioned
  8. Examination of the Agent and Action
  9. Examination of the Prior Entity
  10. Examination of Fire and Fuel
  11. Examination of the Initial and Final Limits
  12. Examination of Suffering
  13. Examination of Compounded Phenomena
  14. Examination of Connection
  15. Examination of Essence
  16. Examination of Bondage
  17. Examination of Actions and their Fruits
  18. Examination of Self and Entities
  19. Examination of Time
  20. Examination of Combination
  21. Examination of Becoming and Destruction
  22. Examination of the Tathagata
  23. Examination of Errors
  24. Examination of the Four Noble Truths
  25. Examination of Nirvana
  26. Examination of the Twelve Links
  27. Examination of Views

Translations

  • The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way, Jay Garfield, Oxford University Press 1995.
  • Nagarjuna: A Translation of his Mulamadhyamikakarika, Kenneth Inada, Tokyo, The Hokuseido Press, 1970
  • Nagarjuna: The Philosophy of the Middle Way, David Kalupahana, Albany: State University, 1986
  • Emptiness: A Study in Religious Meaning, Fredrik Streng, Nashville: Abdingdon Press 1967
  • Chapters 18, 24 & 26 translated into French and English by the Padmakara Translation Group and published on the occasion of the teachings by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Nantes, 15—20 August 2008. Available at www.oceandesagesse.org

Further Reading

  • Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso, The Sun of Wisdom, translated and edited by Ari Goldfield, Boston: Shambhala Publications, 2003

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