Buddhism: A Concise Introduction by Huston Smith, Philip Novak

By Huston Smith, Philip Novak

A concise and up to date advisor to the background, teachings, and perform of Buddhism through luminaries within the box of global religions.

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Therefore intrinsic nature must be unchanging, permanent; but alteration appears in entities. Therefore existence by intrinsic nature is not possible for them. 24 BUDDHAPALITA'S EXPOSITION OF THE MADHYAMIKA Thus since they are contingent, dependent, and changing, entities do not exist by intrinsic nature. On the other hand, their lack of intrinsic nature is a permanent, albeit negative, fact. Though it depends on the general principle of dependent origination, it is not dependent on any particular circumstances.

For the "non-result" which arises would not be the result. Therefore, even if one supposes that the result is empty, because it does not exist [my emphasis], it would also follow that it is unceasing and unoriginated; [but] that, also, is not accepted [by you]. Therefore an empty result, also, will not arise; nor will it cease. lbhava and vibhava, rather than utpiida and nirodha. ) 36 BUDDHAPALITA'S EXPOSITION OF THE MADHYAMIKA (68) To begin with, it is not possible for an entity which is empty of intrinsic nature to have origination and cessation.

Buddhapalita gives the example of two witnesses in court. Both give the same testimony; but one actually saw the events in question, whereas the other testifies because he has been bribed or because he is partial to one side in the case. The second witness, though his words are correct, is considered to be a liar because he has no actual knowledge of the events of which he speaks. " His position is the same as that of the nihilist, but it is based on correct knowledge rather speculation. " For we speak according to seeing that existence and nonexistence are like reflections because they are dependently originated.

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