Vigrahavyāvartanī

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Nagarjuna

Vigrahavyāvartanī (T. rtsod pa bzlog pa རྩོད་པ་བཟློག་པ་; C. huizheng lun 廻諍論), in English The Dispeller of Disputes, is a treatise by the Indian scholar-yogi Nagarjuna that belongs to his Collection of Middle Way Reasoning.

Jan Westerhoff writes:

"The Dispeller of Disputes", the Vigrahavyāvartanī, is an ideal companion piece to Nagarjuna's main philosophical treatise, the Mūlamadhyamakakārikā or "Fundamental Verses of the Middle Way." It covers some important topics that do not play a big role in this larger work (such as epistomology and the philosophy of language), and it does so in an unusual question-and-answer format. In the Vigrahavyāvartanī, we find Nargarjuna replying to a series of specific objections against his theory of universal emptiness that are raised by both Buddhist and non-Buddhist scholars.[1]

The title is also translated as or Refutation of Objections.

Translations

  • K. Bhattacharya, The Dialectical Method of Nagarjuna, New Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1978.
  • Jan Westerhoff, The Dispeller of Disputes: Nagarjuna's Vigrahavyavartani, Oxford University Press, 2010

Notes

  1. Jan Westerhoff, The Dispeller of Disputes: Nagarjuna's Vigrahavyavartani, Oxford University Press, 2010, "Introduction"

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