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Earliest usage of "rope or snake" allegory in Buddhist literature?

For all I know, the simile may come from generic Indian religious tradition and not specifically from Buddhism. For example, here are some quotes from Upanidhads: Nirvana Upanishad (~ 100 BCE - 100 CE)...
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What translation variants exist of Mūlamadhyamakakārikā 25:19-20?

There are two mainstream Mulamadhyamakakarikas (hereafter MMK). There might be one in manuscript form recently dicovered that I am unaware of, but there are two that I am aware of, and they are the ...
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What sort of infinite regress to birth is Nagarjuna's MMK arguing for?

In my understanding, everything Nagarjuna talks about endlessly revolves around one theme - that is of imputation and reification of abstractions, which leads to confusion of the phenomenological with ...
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Nagarjuna and the Schools

I can tell you why the Theravada school does not pay attention to Nagarjuna's works: Parable of the Poisoned Arrow Parable of the Simsapa Leaves The Discourse on the Unconjecturables The statement by ...
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Question about the Samādhirāja-sūtra

It's a Mahayana sutra. Info. about the Samadhiraja sutra from the wiki page here. Full infos. and whole sutra is available here.
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Question about the Pitāpūtrasamāgama-sūtra

The Pitāpūtrasamāgama-sūtra is most likely based on some earlier Abhidharmic writings from one or two centuries after the Buddha’s death. Multiple versions of this sutra have been recovered, perhaps ...
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Nature of dependent origination, and is Buddhism non-duality?

Is dependent arising meant for us to understand the arising of suffering According to the Pali scriptures, yes. Refer to SN 12.2 or AN 3.61. or is it also meant to describe how phenomena in the ...
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How did Arya Nagarjuna reached the direct perception of Emptiness?

Arya Nagarjuna as a scholar, only dispelled the arguments of the reificationists or the annihilationalists. In doing so, he conceptualized sunyata- sunyata is itself sunya (sunyatasunyata). It is ...
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Does Nagarjuna's Middle Treatise 24:18 teach real knowledge?

No, this is not an OK-ish understanding, since it does not approach traditional interpretations (whether that of Tsongkhapa or his opponents belonging to the Jonang school or the Nyingma tradition). ...
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How to reconcile emptiness with dependent origination?

In Mahayana Buddhism, the term Dependent Origination has two distinct corollaries or implications. Outwardly, it implies that every (physical, objective) phenomenon is nothing but a transient ...
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Has anyone read Nagarjuna as claiming only that an effect is never its cause?

See "Mula-madhyamaka-karika" by Nagarjuna: Neither from itself nor from another, Nor from both, Nor without a cause, Does anything whatever, anywhere arise. Later Chandrakirti wrote ...
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Russian language Mulamadhyamakakarika?

Androsov has translated and commented it. I'm not sure if his translation is very good - he might have some strange terminology sometimes - but he is one of the leading Russian scholars in that field. ...
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Theravada and Nagarjuna

Of course traditionally Theravada Buddhism has regarded Nagarjuna as not one of its own. He has too long been claimed by Mahayana to expect otherwise. But some relatively recent scholarship regards ...
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Why is continuity like "the light of a lamp"?

No. The light of a lamp is a well-known Buddhist metaphor for continuity of information-causation (what Nagarjuna refers to as "the divine"), since at least The Questions of King Milinda: --...
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How is Nagarjunas 'Shunyata' different from Buddhas 'Anatta'?

In the suttas when Buddha speaks about Anatta (really, Anatva - as we now know from the Gandhari manuscripts) he usually goes on to explain that no (conditional) dharma is fitting to be pointed at and ...
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How is Nagarjunas 'Shunyata' different from Buddhas 'Anatta'?

Many non-Madhyamaka sects believe that the Buddha taught that things are "empty of yourself," but are not "empty of themselves." In order to fully investigate your question, you ...
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Sanskrit versus Pali and Nagarjuna

There is a Wikipedia article that might offer some contextualization. It is on so-called "Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit" (BHS). From the article: In many places where BHS differs from Sanskrit ...
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In what form or fashion might it be ethical to "bestow" consciousness on an AI? A question and conversation with ChatGPT:

What do you think this conversation got right? What did it get wrong? Perhaps you misunderstand what "AI" is. I think it's a text-processor, i.e. it's able to summarize text. Google Search ...
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How to reconcile emptiness with dependent origination?

Dependent origination is with regards to conventional reality. Emptiness is with regards to Ultimate reality. If you are reading Nagarjuna's MMK, I suggest you look at ch.24 v.18. Whatever is empty, ...
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Nagarjuna and the emptiness of the Dharma

I don't know a specific statement he may have used, but the Dharma is likened to a raft you use to cross a river, and when you get to the other side you don't need to pick it up and carry it on your ...
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Understanding "the self-nature of phenomena is not found in the conditions"

I have read this: There are four conditions: efficient condition; Percept-object condition; immediate condition; Dominant condition, just so. There is no fifth condition. So first you can match up ...
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In what form or fashion might it be ethical to "bestow" consciousness on an AI? A question and conversation with ChatGPT:

The term "consciousness" (vinnana), as an aggregate, has the very specific meaning of being the interface between the mind and the body. There is another term, "citta", that's ...
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What did Vasubandhu and Asanga say regarding Nagarjunacharya?

If you are looking for personal remarks, I would not be able to help out much. You can of course find salutations made to Nagarjuna. As a slight correction, there are differences between presentation ...
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Mereology: does being inside something mean it is inside?

But if we accept this picture of ontology it is evident that we are not obliged to infer the existence of a substratum or underlying individual from the existence of a quality. https://plato.stanford....
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Moggaliputta-tissa Kathavatthu

I found it here : https://archive.org/details/pointsofcontrove00mogg/mode/2up the other version online is the transliteration from Sanskrit.
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Does reality exist?

Quoted below is Candrakīrti's Lucid Words - A Commentary on Nāgārjuna’s Wisdom. Perhaps Mr. Rovelli is misrepresenting Nāgārjuna’s teaching. True dharma is the middle way. Those who see existence or ...
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Does reality exist?

The reality is real in every right perspective, but it is exist only when it arising only. The reality arises and vanish immediately more than trillions time (10¹²) in a second. It isn't exist before ...
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