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Schopenhauer's Encounter with Indian ThoughtRepresentation and Will and Their Indian Parallels$
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Stephen Cross

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824837358

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824837358.001.0001

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The Reality-Status of the Empirical World: The Mādhyamika Teaching

The Reality-Status of the Empirical World: The Mādhyamika Teaching

(p.66) Chapter Six The Reality-Status of the Empirical World: The Mādhyamika Teaching
Schopenhauer's Encounter with Indian Thought

Stephen Cross

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the main features of Arthur Schopenhauer’s thoughts about the reality-status of the empirical world and how they relate to the Mādhyamika teaching of Mahāyāna Buddhism. It first considers monk-scholar Nāgārjuna’s reinterpretation of the doctrine of dependent origination and compares his views with the Mādhyamika reinterpretation. It then explores Nāgārjuna’s throughts about emptiness (śūnyatā) and inherent being (svabhāva). It also discusses the importance of the teaching of the doctrine of Two Truths (satya-dvaya), together with the doctrines of dependent origination and emptiness, for the Mādhyamika school. Finally, it analyzes the concept of the everyday truth (samvrti-satya).

Keywords:   reality-status, Arthur Schopenhauer, empirical world, Mādhyamika school, Nāgārjuna, dependent origination, emptiness, inherent being, Two Truths, everyday truth

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