Buddhism in Sri Lanka: A Short History by H. R. Perera

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It is this ultimate truth that the Madhyamika, the traveller on the Middle Way, has sought to lay bare. RjUNA'S PHILOSOPHY scious individual. One can see it if one develops an eye to see is his mission to enkindle this insight. it and it His rejection of views does not mean that he is opposed to building systems ; he would himself formu­ late specific systems, not to cling to them, but to use them as a help to those who are in need of them. That he does not have any position of his own means that he does not seize any sp\::cific formulation ex­ clusively.

Thus the imagined absolutenes s (sasvabhaflatva) of what is only relative is rejected and at the same t i me relativity (naj�/sviibhiivya) is revealed as its true nature. Relativity or non-ultimacy of views - and conditionedness or n on-substantiality of entities-this is the truth th at is bome out by sunyatii in reference to the mun dane nature of things. In the Kiirikii, pratityasumutpiida (co nditione d ori g imtion) , sunyatii, upadiiya-prajnapti (derive d name ) and madhyamii-pratipat (the Middle Way) are expressly declared as synonyms.

By drawing the fact of arising to the attention of those who cling exclusively to non-being and the fact of ceasing to the atten­ tion of those who cling exclusively to being, the B uddha reveals that things here are neither absolutely being nor absolutely non-bei ng. but are arising and perishing . fbrming a continuity of becoming . lal The Buddha 's silence as the refleaier of truth: In regard to the human individual, the erro rs of etemalism and annihilationism appear as ex­ tremes in conceiving one's mundane nature.

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