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Journal of Indian Philosophy

, Volume 39, Issue 3, pp 229–244 | Cite as

Upādāyaprajñaptiḥ and the Meaning of Absolutives: Grammar and Syntax in the Interpretation of Madhyamaka

  • Mattia Salvini
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Abstract

The article discusses the relevance of the syntactical implications of the absolutive ending (lyabanta) in interpreting the Madhyamaka term upādāyaprajñapti, and hence Mūlamadhyamakakārikā 18.24. The views of both Sanskrit and Pāli classical grammarians are taken into account, and a comparison is made between some contemporary English translations of MMK 18.24 as against Candrakīrti’s commentary. The conclusion suggests that Candrakīrti is grammatically accurate and perceptive, that he may have been aware of the tradition of Candragomin’s grammar, and that the structural analogy between upādāyaprajñapti and pratītyasamutpāda may be relevant in understanding the relationship between notional and existential dependence.

Keywords

Madhyamaka Sanskrit grammar Nāgārjuna Candrakīrti Pāṇini Candragomin Buddhist philosophy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mahidol UniversityNakhon PathomThailand

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