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The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way was written in the second century and is one of the most important works of Nagarjuna, the pioneering commentator on the Buddha's teachings on the Madhyamika or Middle Way view. The subtle analyses presented in this treatise were closely studied and commented upon by many realized masters from the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

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Paperback, 208 pages
Published March 11th 2003 by Shambhala
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Debra
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
“You can have a dream of being bound in iron chains and then being set free.

When you do not know you are dreaming, these two states seem to be different. Being bound in chains is bad, being set free from them is good, and they both seem to be real.

When you know that you are dreaming, you know that both are mere appearances.

In the abiding nature of reality, the bondage and liberation are equality.

Between the true nature of bondage and the true nature of liberation, there is not the slightest
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Sam Vanneman
Jun 18, 2009 rated it liked it
even though nagarjuna (root text author), mipham (commentator on root text author), and gyamatso (commentator on the commentary and the root text authors) utilize permutations of the same logic over and over again in order to dismantle the conception of "inherent existence" as they range over a variety of buddhist and "non-buddhist" topics, i really liked this book.
usually, the logic is something like - if [A:] (e.g. - cause, a seed, etc.) and [B:] (e.g. - effect, the sprout of the seed, etc.)
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Jun 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
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commentary on tsongkhapa's commentary on nagarjuna's original text, which provides logical reasonings for virtually all conventionally accepted phenomena, demonstrating universal lack of inherent self-existence, or emptiness. this being a third-level commentary, is higher level than tsongkhapa's commentary, ocean of reasoning, which is quite in-depth. it is very helpful to study them together. the intensely detailed reasonings of tsongkhapa may be easier to understand in conjunction with the ...more
Melissa Powell
Jul 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Definitely not a beginning text. This book is best for more advanced practitioners and be ready to need to have some discussion. However, it is very well laid out and very straight forward in presenting Nagarjuna's famous teachings on the Middle Way. he has an answer for everything because there is nothing. lol. If you are looking for the perfect text for studying these teachings, this is it.
Jessica Davidson
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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This is a brilliantly lucid book and richly rewarding. One to return to and study over time as your practice and understanding deepens. I can’t recommend this book highly enough. Full review here: http://jessicadavidson.co.uk/2015/02/...
Stephen Blache
Mar 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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A compassionate introduction to Nagarjuna's THE FUNDAMENTAL WISDOM OF THE MIDDLE WAY. A quick and profound summary of a very difficult text.
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