Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way: Nagarjuna's Mulamadhyamakakarika
The Buddhist saint Nagarjuna, who lived in South India in approximately the second century CE, is undoubtedly the most important, influential, and widely studied Mahayana Buddhist philosopher. His many works include texts addressed to lay audiences, letters of advice to kings, and a set of penetrating metaphysical and epistemological treatises. His greatest philosophical work, the Mulamadhyamikakarika—read and studied by philosophers in all major Buddhist schools of Tibet, China, Japan, and Korea—is one of the most influential works in the history of Indian philosophy.
Now, in The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way, Jay L. Garfield provides a clear and eminently readable translation of Nagarjuna's seminal work, offering those with little or no prior knowledge of Buddhist philosophy a view into the profound logic of the Mulamadhyamikakarika. An accessible translation of the foundational text for all Mahayana Buddhism, The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way offers insight to all those interested in the nature of reality.
"A significant contribution.... Garfield's translation has much to recommend it....He has succeeded admirably in producing a commentary on Nagarjuna's major work that is at once relevant to contemporary philosophy and yet chiefly informed by traditional Indo-Tibetan readings.... This is a remarkably lucid and philosophically serious reading of an important Buddhist text, and one that...is strikingly free of Buddhological jargon. Not only is Garfield to be thanked for this, but his work is, in this regard, one that more traditionally trained scholars of Buddhism would do well to emulate."
—Philosophy East & West