The Buddhist Philosophy of the Middle

Essays on Indian and Tibetan Madhyamaka
Foreword by
Tom Tillemans


464 pages, 6 x 9 inches


ISBN 9780861715909

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“Without a doubt, the articles collected here will greatly advance this philosophical tradition finding its rightful place as one of the treasures of human thought and reflection.”—Ernst Steinkellner, University of Vienna

Mon, 01/21/2013 - 12:35 -- wisdom

Madhyamaka, the “philosophy of the middle,” systematized the Buddha’s fundamental teaching on no-self with its profound non-essentialist reading of reality. Founded in India by Nāgārjuna in about the second century CE, Madhyamaka philosophy went on to become the dominant strain of Buddhist thought in Tibet and exerted a profound influence on all the cultures of East Asia. Within the extensive Western scholarship inspired by this school of thought, David Seyfort Ruegg’s work is unparalleled in its incisiveness, diligence, and scope. The Buddhist Philosophy of the Middle brings together Ruegg’s greatest essays on Madhyamaka, expert writings which have and will continue to contribute to our progressing understanding of this rich tradition.