Overview for Mulamadhyamakakarika of Nagarjuna
This is a completely new translation of Nagarjunaâ€™s major work, the Mulamadhyamakakarika, accompanied by a detailed annotation of each of the verses. The annotation identifies the metaphysical theories of the scholastics criticized by Nagarjuna, and traces the sources material and the arguments utilized in his refutation back to the early discourses of the Buddha. The Introduction presents a completely new hypothesis about the nature of treatise. The work is a grand commentary on the Buddhaâ€™s â€œDiscourse to Katyayanaâ€ (Kaccayanaqotta-sutta). The concluding part of the Introduction compares the teaching of the Buddha and Nagarjuna in regard to epistemology, ontology, ethics and philosophy of language indicating how the latter was making a determined attempt to reconstruct the Buddhaâ€™s teachings in a very faithful manner, avoiding the substantialist metaphysics of the scholastics. The book shows that Nagarjunaâ€™s ideas are neither original nor are they an advancement from the early Buddhist period. Nagarjuna is not a Mahayanist.
David J Kalupahans (Author)
David Kalupahana is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hawaii.