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Nagarjuna’s Verses: on the Great Vehicle and the Heart of Dependent Origination

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The volume presents a critical study with English translations of the renowned Buddhist scholar Nagarjuna’s works, Mahayanavimsika, Pratiya-samutpadahrdayakarika and Pratiasamutpada-hrdayavyakhyana — a prose work. While the translations are easy to understand, the comment-aries incorporate study of rare manuscripts like the Dunhuang manu-scripts (eighth-ninth centuries) to thoroughly examine the significance of Nagarjuna’s contributions to Buddhist religious philosophy.

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ISBN 13 9788124601754
Book Language English
Binding Hardcover
Total Pages 183
Edition 1st
Release Year 2001
Publisher D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Author R.C. Jamieson
Category Buddhism  
Weight 450.00 g
Dimension 14.00 x 22.00 x 1.80

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No one can, perhaps, question the philosophical genius of Nagarjuna. In the dialectic of this AD second century Buddhist scholar — also acknowledged as the founder of Madhyamika school, is seen the clearest expression of Shkyamuni Buddha's profound, even the subtlest teachings. Here is, in three parts, a brilliant critical study, with readable English translations, of this time-honoured philosopher's Mahayanavimshika (Verses on the Great Vehicle), Pratiyasamutpadahridayakarika (Verses on the Heart of Dependent Origination) and, these besides, of his prose commentary, Pratiasamutpadahridayavyakhyana (An Interpretation of the Heart of Dependent Origination). Part 1, comprising translation, is intended to present these Buddhist texts, is an accessible form, unencumbered by any critical apparatus. Part 2 provides text — critical material as well as other comments — for readers interested in something more than just the translation in isolation. In part 3 are incorporated, for specialists/scholars/academics, further critical comments in the light of the Dunhuang manuscripts (c. eighth-ninth centuries ad), relating to the Pratiyasamutpadahridaya. A remarkable combination of Jamieson’s Sanskrit and Tibetan scholarship, this study is invaluable to anyone seeking a better understanding of Nagarjuna: the Buddhist philosopher and patriarch.