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By Fernando Tola

The Buddhist university Madhyamika is among the most vital philosophical colleges in India. It was once based by means of the good philosopher Nagarjuna within the moment century A.D. His doctrine is based round the suggestion of sunyata or Voidness which metaphorically designates absolutely the inexistence of an personal being of any substance present in se et consistent with se.

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Only some Sanskrit kiirikiis from it have come to us, quoted in Sanskrit works like Candrakirti's Prasannaplldii, Prajiiakaramati's Paiijikii, Subhii$itasa111graha. We know this work thanks to its Tibetan and Chinese translations. Tibetan translation of the kiirikiis. Tiihoku 3825 = Catalogue 5225. It was done by Mutita5ri and Pa-tshab Ni-ma grags. Chinese translation of the kiirikiis. Taisho 1575. Nanjio 1307. ). The commentaries' text . Nagarjuna's commentary of the Yukti$0$ikiikiirikiis has not been preserved either in its Sanskrit original text or in any translation.

Uriiitsu Ryiishin, in his article 'Niigarjuna Kenkyii (2)'. published in Kyoto Joshi Daigaku Jimbun Ronso (Collection of Treatises on Humanities of the Women's University of Kyoto), no. 23, 1974, pp. 134-60, presents a Japanese translation and a Sanskrit reconstruction of kiirikiis 4-12 from the Tibetan text. S-88, presents the Japanese translation of the kiirikiis and commentary from the Tibetan version. Uriiitsu Ryiishin, in Niigiirjuna Kenkyu ('A StudyofNiigiirjuna'), 1985, pp. 67-206, gives the Tibetan version, a Sanskrit reconstruc• lion and the Japanese translation from the Tibetan text, and finally an exegesis of the text with reference toCandrakirti' s commentary.

On this hist function of the mind see kiirikiis indicated in the points 3 and 5 above. INIRODUCilON xxxi Suspension of judgement, epoche. ldirikiis 42, 47,50-52 and 58. ion ornegation of something in itself or of something in relation to another thing. Ataraxia. ldirildis 46,49 and 58. if, on one side, suspension of judgement derives from a particular philosophical conception of reality, on the other side, it has as consequences the abstention from discussions and controversies and an attitude of serenity and imperturbability.

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