13 Facts About Madhyamika


Madhyamika's works are regarded as a supplement to Nagarjuna's, on which he commented.

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Madhyamika argued that the position of a madhyamaka was simply that phenomena are devoid of an inherent nature.

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Madhyamika's works are central to the understanding of madhyamaka in Tibetan Buddhism.

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Madhyamika united "a deep religiousness and joy of exposure together with the unquestioned Madhyamaka orthodoxy".

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Madhyamika is widely studied, not only in Sakya, but in Nyingma and Kagyu institutions.

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Madhyamika saw shentong as useful for meditative practice, while rangtong as useful for cutting through views.

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Madhyamika holds the "Shentong Madhyamaka" as the highest view, above prasangika.

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Madhyamika developed a unique theory of madhyamaka, with two models of the two truths.

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Madhyamika felt the only difference between them was with respect to how they discussed conventional truth and their approach to presenting a path.

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Madhyamika was influenced not just by Indian madhyamaka and Mahayana sutras like the Vimalakirti, but by Taoist works and he widely quotes the Lao-tzu and the Chuang-tzu and uses terminology of the Neo-Daoist "Mystery Learning" tradition while maintaining a uniquely Buddhist philosophical view.

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Madhyamika insisted that one must never settle on any particular viewpoint or perspective but constantly reexamine one's formulations to avoid reifications of thought and behavior.

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Madhyamika argued that the works of Nagarjuna were "the inheritance of the conceptualisation of dependent arising as proposed in the Agamas" and he thus based his madhyamaka interpretations on the Agamas rather than on Chinese scriptures and commentaries.

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Madhyamika saw the writings of Nagarjuna as the correct Buddhadharma while considering the writings of the Sanlun school as being corrupted due to their synthesizing of the Tathagata-garbha doctrine into madhyamaka.

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