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Truth, liberality, tranquillity, and discriminative understanding also make up the four virtuous qualities of a king (39). This chapter also contains a section on the impure nature of the body of a woman (a theme developed in Chapter iii of Aryadeva's Catuhsataka) and by the same 56 Cf. Vigrahavyavartani 65—68 for the mrgatrsnd simile, and also MMK xviii. S-9. 57 53 Cf. MMK xviii. 8. Cf. MMK xxii. 12 and xxv. 21—23. ), although there is really no commensurability between these two beings (99—100).

K. MATILAL, J I P 2 (1974), pp. 211—24, and K. , pp. 225—30. The Early Period: The Formation of the Madhyamaka School 23 as being non-substantial in the manner of either a syllogism or a propositional thesis with probative force, it retains its function as a sentence and statement having communicative (jndpaka) force; and the Madhyamika does not hesitate to uphold it as expressing a doctrine of Buddhism. As for the immunity of Madhyamaka theory against refutation, it evidently stems from the fact that, once the concept of an entity endowed with own being has been criticized and deconstructed through the understanding of non-substantiality and emptiness, not only is no position postulating such an entity to be maintained by the Madhyamika himself, but also no refutation from a counterposition can be successfully made by an opponent in the frame of any of the current philosophical positions based on the postulation of some sort of entity.

The *Bodhisambhara-sastra treating of the Bodhisattva 's equipment conducive to Awakening (bodhi) was translated into Chinese by Dharmagupta in the early seventh century (Taisho 1660), this being the only version of the work now extant. 86 An important commentary on the Das"abhumikasutra dealing with the stages (bhumi) of the Bodhisattva is attributed to Nagarjuna. 67 Nagarjuna is furthermore credited with an extensive anthology of canonical texts, the Sutrasamuccaya. As already noticed above, it is included in the MadhyamakaSastrastuti's list of the master's works.

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