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Nagaijuna’s criticism o f the categories, the basic factors o f life and understanding, is intended to lay bare these absurdities, thereby to reveal the conditionedness (sunyatd) o f the conditioned as well as die further truth that the conditionedness o f the conditioned is not unconditioned (sunyatd-sunyatd) . Prajfid as the principle of comprehension is the Middle W ay: The under­ standing that is the consummating phase o f criticism is appreciative o f the unique nature and value o f every specific standpoint, and yet is not confined to any one point o f view.

While the thirst for the real is indeed the root o f all the activities o f man, it is under ignor­ ance, not knowing the true nature o f things that one seizes hold o f everything one comes across, clings to it as a safe refuge, as ultimately 38 IN T R O D U C T IO N and fully satisfying the thirst for the unconditioned, only to meet with disappointment and frustration. 85 But if one were to seize in turn the distinction o f the determinate and the indeterminate as an absolute separateness, that again would be to commit once more the error o f clinging.

T. , sûnyatà and the Middle W ay (madhyamà pratipat). Nâgârjuna’s authorship o f T. 1661, Laksana-vimukta-hodhi-hrdaya (citta)-sà$tra} and o f T. 1676, Mahàpranidhànotpàda-gâthà, is doubtful. T. 57 T. 1671, SÜÉïEÎT/fiiIffi, a compila­ tion o f Sütras attributed to Nâgârjuna, does not seem to be the work of a Màdhyamika. It has no bearing on the Sünyatà or the Middle Way. It seems to be a collection o f sütra passages on moral precepts. T. 1420, Nàgàrjuna-pancavidyà-sàstra, is a late Tântric text and is not a work of Màdhyamika philosophy.

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