Freitag, 29. November 2013, 15:15 - 16:45 iCal

What Was N?g?rjuna Refuting?

New Interpretations of Some Central Concepts.

Ein Vortrag von Dr. Ye Shaoyong (Department of South Asian Studies, Peking University)

Seminarraum 1des Instituts für Südasien-, Tibet- und Buddhismuskunde,
Spitalgasse 2, Hof 2, Eingang 2.7, 1090 Wien


On the basis of N?g?rjuna’s works, especially the M?lamadhyamakak?rik?, this presentation focuses on some central concepts and gives interpretations which are different from later M?dhyamika theories. In order to link some of N?g?rjuna’s main refutations, I recommend a skeptical standpoint, from which ontological entities (svabh?va) could be viewed as referents of concepts. N?g?rjuna argues that all concepts are self-contradictory and have no referents (ni?svabh?va). The concept of dependent origination (prat?tyasamutp?da) is to be differentiated from that of dependently originated things (prat?tyasamutpanna). The former is designated by N?g?rjuna as meaning something different than its literal implication, and is equated with the supreme truth of emptiness (??nyat?), which refers to a nature of non-origination, while the latter is deemed a conventional notion and its existence is denied.


Dr. Ye Shaoyong received his PhD degree in 2009 from the Department of Oriental Languages and Cultures at Peking University and is currently holding a position as Associate Professor at the Department of South Asian Studies. His doctoral thesis “M?lamadhyamakak?rik? and Buddhap?lita's Commentary: A Philological Study on the Basis of Newly Identified Sanskrit Manuscripts” won the award for the national top-100 excellent doctoral dissertations of China in 2011.

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