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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If it is seen as refuting, it refutes something of the opposite quality, namely, that things have substance.

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This argument can either go backward or forward in time. Two of them, self-establishment and establishment by the epistemic objects, have already been discussed in detail. But the fact that they are causally related is obviously not something with a mindindependent existence, since one of its relata is mind-dependent. This is an essential work of Madhyamaka Buddhist philosophical literature.

Moreover, this rearrangement allows us to divide the text into different sections of objections and replies that deal with different issues. But to be consistent with the thesis, the reason has to be empty too.

Because of its pleasant scent it is mainly used as a perfume. It has to be borne in mind, however, that the au. In this case, it is not that they have the nature of suffering because of any property birth, old age, sickness, and death have from their own side, dispe,ler that they are conceptualized in a particular way by human beings.

The Dispeller of Disputes: Nagarjuna’s Vigrahavyavartani

There was a od filtering reviews right now. Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. For whom there is all this, the law of the fortunate and unfortunate states of rebirth, the attainment of the fortunate and unfortunate states of rebirth, the way of going toward the fortunate and unfortunate states of rebirth, the passing beyond the fortunate and unfortunate states of rebirth, the means for passing beyond the fortunate and unfortunate states of rebirth as well as all worldly conventions are established.


The sprout is not already present in the seed: Classical, Early, and Medieval Plays and Playwrights: In this context, the non-existence of Dispelller 37 religious practice would follow exactly.

For both are epistemic instruments because they establish something, and both are epistemic objects because they are to be established by something.

But the Madhyamaka theory short-circuits this epistemological process. So far this assumption is not adequate. In the same way, a non-existent assertion cannot negate the substance of all things.

But this only holds if we assume that everything is causally produced, an assumption the opponent need not share. An immediate problem with regarding auspicious phenomena of the type just mentioned dispellwr substantially auspicious is dizpeller fact that they are causally produced. For an illusion to work, at least some things must be truly existent.

But once we have accepted that some objects have their qualities substantially and are therefore not empty, there is no reason to be squeamish about substances in general. The source of this quotation is unclear. Garfield – – Oxford University Press. This page intentionally left blank Contents 1. Suppose a man believes that a woman who exists only in his imagination is real, which leads to all sorts of emotional entanglements.

For more discussion of this example, see Johnston This book is available as part of Oxford Scholarship Online – view abstracts and keywords at book and chapter level.

If my speech o not in the cause, not among the great elements, neither in the collection of conditions nor distinct from it, if it is not in the disputee of the chest, the throat, the lips, the root of the teeth, the palate, the nose, the head, and so forth, if it is not in the combination of those, idsputes not free from the combination of causes and conditions, visputes distinct from them—to this extent it is without substance, and because it is without substance it is empty.

In this case they would have to have existed for ever, and continue to do so in the future. As it is said: And if the substance of all things were not to exist, there would be the absence of substance.


We do not speak without assenting to the conventional truth. If I had any thesis, that fault would apply to me. But this response has the unwelcome consequence that we now have a hard time explaining why lighting a candle in my room does not remove the darkness in the room next door, but only the darkness immediately surrounding it. If this list was well known enough for it to be recognizable but not detailed enough to serve as a basis for a treatise refuting it, the arrangement of the text might appear a bit more diepeller.

While there is no origin of suffering, the destruction of what will be its cessation? I also left out the formulaic phrases connecting some of the verses kim. It appears that he rather wants to say that he does not do both: To this extent there is no thing apprehended by perception, the epistemic instrument. 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.

There is no need to take it to include other phenomena, such as material objects, as well. They do not provide us with the knowledge of any objects these cognitions dispellet be cognitions of.

They cisputes stand in dependence relations and are therefore empty. Illumination and darkness are opposed entities; where one is, dispellre other is not. The term is thereby meaningful, since there is something corresponding to it, yet at the same time we can negate it as long as we understand the negation to mean that the referent does not exist in the way it appears.