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How is Nagarjuna's concept of emptiness different from original Buddhist philosophical teaching?
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Name: Course: Tutor: Date: Nagarjuna Concept of Emptiness Introduction Nagarjuna is remembered as a great Buddhist philosopher especially by his writings on the philosophy based on the teachings of the Middle Way. One of the main ideas in the philosophy of the Middle Way touches on the concept of Emptiness (or Sunyata in Buhhism) which has great insights to the reader.
In this way, he argued that emptiness does not represent a thing since it is not something one can point at and identify neither can one grasp it with the hand. The idea of emptiness means that things lack the element of natural being or in other words they have no soul or natural being. Nagarjuna argued that there is nothing in the world that possesses a soul or essence which means that they have no permanent unique base (Olson 167). This shows that if things do not have a natural existence or essence, it means they are not independent. Emptiness in this respect clarifies that things are fundamentally relative and therefore, cannot exist on their own. This philosophy of Nagarjuna goes against original Buddhist philosophies that identified the soul as an intrinsic being that can exist on it own even after death. Nagarjuna additionally, states that emptiness is not superior and does not judge other views because in itself it is empty. For instance, Nagarjuna touches on the issue of existence or non-existence and concludes that human beings overlay a personality on things that are not there. He says that the ideas of existence and non-existence are only formed in the minds of human beings which mean that emptiness destroys ignorance, gullible and blind concepts. ...
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