Historical Who is Who

NAGARJUNA

c150-250
India
RELIGION, PHILOSOPHY

Little known of his life - probably Hindu brahmin family background in S India and later based at Buddhist university of Nalanda in N India. He is generally recognised as the founder of the Middle Way tradition of Buddhism, expounded in his Mula-Madhyama-Karika. On the one hand he challenges a too easily taken for granted acceptance of things. On the other, being emptied from such false consciousness is not a finally negative experience.

Life

http://www.berzinarchives.com/web/en/archives/approaching_buddhism/teachers/lineage_masters/biography_nagarjuna.html

http://www.iep.utm.edu/nagarjun

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/nagarjuna

Writings

Mula-Madhyama-Karika Basic verses on the Middle Way http://www.wisdompubs.org/sites/default/files/preview/Nagarjuna's-Middle-Way-Book-Preview-R.pdf

Sixty Stanzas of Reasoning http://www.tibetanclassics.org/html-assets/SixtyStanzas.pdf

Ratnavali - Precious Garland http://www.thezensite.com/ZenEssays/Nagarjuna/Garland_of_Ratnavali.html

Suhrllekha Friendly Epistle http://www.berzinarchives.com/web/en/archives/sutra/level6_study_major_texts/suhrllekha_letter_friend_nagarjuna/letter_friend.html

Mula madhyamaka karika - Verses from the Centre http://www.stephenbatchelor.org/index.php/en/verses-from-the-center

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