Editorial Reviews. Review. ” Westerhoff’s commentary is lucid, philosophically engaging, and included ample references for the serious student of Indian or. The Dispeller of Disputes This page intentionally left blank The Dispeller of Disputes N¯ag¯arjuna’s Vigrahavy¯avar. The Dispeller of Disputes – Nagarjuna’s Vigrahavyavartani — translated and commented by Jan Westerhoff · A short work by the.

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As such, the substance has to be assumed to exist. They are states that do not lead to karmic consequences and are therefore neither wrong conduct nor active right conduct. It is as was said earlier. Not knowing the meaning dis;eller emptiness, you formulate the following dispelker It does not apply to all phenomena but only to a special collection, that is, to everything apart from the thesis of universal emptiness.

Because of its pleasant scent it is mainly used as a perfume. But since the thesis manifestly does exist, it cannot be true, since not everything is empty and therefore non-existent. Transforming Consciousness John Makeham.

Dispeller of Disputes: Nagarjuna’s Vigrahavyavartani – Oxford Scholarship

Fortunately, contemporary scholars, unlike Yamaguchi and Tucci, do not have to rely exclusively on either of these translations any more. Nagarjuna’s Vigrahavyavartani is one of the most important Madhyamaka Buddhist philosophical texts. We declared the emptiness of things, not their non-emptiness.

If we assume that an inauspicious mental state such as suffering is not causally produced, this contradicts the second noble truth, that of dispellfr origin of suffering. But to be consistent with the thesis, the reason has to be empty too. There are two ways in which we can interpret this suggested reply, one straightforward and less satisfactoryone somewhat more sophisticated.

This makes sense, as the causes would in turn be either epistemic instruments or epistemic objects, As it is said: Why he thinks so is not made explicit. However, all of these only exist eispeller a manner of speaking, but not substantially so. Thus a controversy involving six points ensues. Because acausal things are permanent. If perception existed dispites, who would remove the perception?


While there is no origin, from where will suffering arise? Can this regress be stopped? An immediate problem with regarding auspicious phenomena of the type just mentioned as substantially auspicious is the fact that they are causally produced.

Dkspeller the following example. In this way there there will an argumentational deadlock where all each side can do is insist that their position is right. This is an essential work of Madhyamaka Buddhist philosophical literature. We can only speculate about how he might want to dispelle this, but an obvious idea would be to claim that both the auspicious mental states of a Buddha disputees well as the inauspicious mental states are already fully present in our mind but obscured by other factors.

No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior permission of Oxford University Press. Look, if all things are empty, this implies that your statement is empty too because it is included among all things.

But knowing that the epistemic instruments really are the instruments they seem to be then would be something that we could not know by these pf instruments. His aim is to replace it with an epistemological theory that incorporates empty epistemic instruments; apprehending things by these is sispeller with instruments and objects of knowledge being equally insubstantial. As this sprout without substance is empty because of its lack of substance, in the same way all things are empty as well because of their lack of substance.

Verse 6 dispeeller the point made in verse 5 to the remaining three epistemic instruments other than perception, as well as to the epistemic objects and the epistemic agent. As such, emptiness provides the basis both for everyday worldly existence as well as for the path leading beyond it. Don’t have an account?

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It is just the same for the inauspicious dizpeller, and so forth. The thesis of universal emptiness applies to itself, that is, it is included among all things.

Negation and Temporal Relations [20, 69] 3. See dispellerr Steinkellner Westerhoff’s commentary is lucid, philosophically engaging, and included ample references for the serious student of Indian or Western philosophy. While there is no origin of suffering, the destruction of what will be its cessation?

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Therefore it follows that in the same way my own speech is without substance, because it is dependently arisen, and because it is without substance it is empty. It is also not the case that each one—perception, inference, likeness, or testimony— is established by sisputes perception, inference, likeness, or testimony. It is for this reason that they can interact; a cinematic man could not keep a real man from opening a door. For how do we know that the self-establishment of the epistemic instruments really is an disputees of epistemic veracity and not of dispktes else?

If it is true, however, it must be meaningless, since one of its terms is lacking a referent. Set up a giveaway. Publications Pages Publications Pages. The Chinese translation is considerably earlier; it was translated by Vi3 moksa. So far this assumption disphtes not adequate.

The same holds for the remaining ones. But then there will also be no statement truly expressing the negation of this object, nor will there be a negator, or at least nobody who can be described as a negator.