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Nagarjuna's Middle Way - The Verses

Nagarjuna's Middle Way - The Verses

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Verses from the Centre
Verses from the Centre
Sanskrit:
Mula madhyamaka karika
.Tibetan:
dBu ma rtsa ba’i tshig le’ur byas pa shes rab ces bya ba
.
by Nagarjuna
Romanization and Literal English Translationof the Tibetan Text
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Verses from the Centre
byStephen BatchelorSharpham CollegeApril 2000
Preface
This document contains the romanized Tibetan text of Nagarjuna’s
Mulamadhyamakakarika
 together with a literal English translation. Two Tibetan texts were consulted: the versions foundin (1) The Asian Classics Input Project, Woodblock to Laser Source CD, Release A,Producedunder the direction of Khen Rinpoche Geshe Lobsang Tharchin, Washington DC, 1993, and(2)
Dbuma Rigs Tshogs Drug: The Six Yukt Shastra of Madhyamika (pp. 1-37)
, edited by Prof. L.P.Lhalungpa. Delhi: 1970. The version here relies on both sources as well as the text embedded inthe prose of Tsongkhapa’s
An
 
Ocean of Reason: A Great Exposition of the Root Text
Verses from theCenter (
rTsa she tik chen rigs pa’i rgya mtsho
). Varanasi: mTho slob dge ldan spyi las khang, 1973.Each Tibetan verse is followed by a literal English translation. This translation served as the firstdraft for the free poetic version published in Stephen Batchelor.
Verses from the Center: ABuddhist Vision of the Sublime
. New York: Riverhead Books, 2000.In making the English translation, the primary authority was Tsongkhapa’s fourteenth centurycommentary:
An
 
Ocean of Reason: A Great Exposition of the Root Text
Verses from the Center.The following translations from Sanskrit were also consulted:Inada, Kenneth K.
Nagarjuna: A Translation of his
 Mulamadhyamakakarika
with an Introductory Essay
. Tokyo:Hokuseido Press, 1970.Kalupahana, David J.
Nagarjuna: The Philosophy of the Middle Way
.Albany: SUNY, 1986.Streng, Frederick.
Emptiness -- A Study in Religious Meaning
. Nashville,New York: Abingdon, 1967.As was the following translation from the Tibetan:
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Verses from the Centre
Garfield, Jay L.
The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way: Nagarjuna’s
 Mulamadhyamakakarika. New York/Oxford: Oxford UniversityPress, 1995.Any mistakes are my own.Stephen BatchelorSharpham CollegeApril, 2000 
Abbreviations
In the comments that follow some of the verses, the abbreviations refer to the works below. Thenumber after the abbreviation refers to the page number of the editions cited.
Lha.
 
Dbuma Rigs Tshogs Drug: The Six Yukt Shastra of Madhyamika (pp. 1-37)
, edited by Prof. L.P.Lhalungpa. Delhi: 1970.
Ts.
Tsongkhapa.
An
 
Ocean of Reason: A Great Exposition of the Root Text
Verses from the Center(
rTsa she tik chen rigs pa’i rgya mtsho
). Varanasi: mTho slob dge ldan spyi las khang, 1973.
K.
Kalupahana, David J.
Nagarjuna: The Philosophy of the Middle Way
. Albany: SUNY, 1986.The title given in brackets below the title at the head of each chapter is the name of the poemfound in
Verses from the Center: A Buddhist Vision of the Sublime
.
 
Contents
1.Investigation of Conditions (Conditions)
 
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