Buddhist Texts · Cārvāka/Lokāyata · indica lingua

♦ The king as God: Cārvākas’ usage of a quite common expression

In the first chapter of Sāyaṇa-Mādhava’s Sarva-darśana-saṃgraha (on Cārvāka/Lokāyata) we meet with the following half-verse: lokasiddho bhaved rājā pareśo nāparaḥ smṛtaḥ |1 That is: The king (rājā), celebrated by the people (lokasiddho; also: powerful in the world, established in/by the world, etc.), is considered (bhaved smṛtaḥ; also: is declared, is admitted) [according to Cārvākas] the… Continue reading ♦ The king as God: Cārvākas’ usage of a quite common expression

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♦ The 37 heresies listed in the Madhyamakaratnapradīpa

During these last days I was at work on the second chapter of the Madhyamakaratnapradīpa of Bhavya from Tibetan bsTan-’gyur. I have compared two versions: sDe-dge and dGa’-ldan (available for free on line). In this chapter we find a list of a number of heretical schools and of heretical teachers. Some of these names are… Continue reading ♦ The 37 heresies listed in the Madhyamakaratnapradīpa

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♦ A brief note on Lindtner’s edition of Bhavya’s Madhyamakahṛdayakārikā III, 253

Let us discuss a particular reading of Bhavya’s Madhyamakahṛdayakārikā (MHK) III, 253, as it has been established by Lindtner in his critical edition, based on the unique extant Sanscrit manuscript.1 The Sanskrit version of this kārikā, according to Lindtner, runs as follows: yathā prasuptaḥ putra-strī-vimāna-bhavanādikam | paśyet siddhavaśāt tatra pratibuddho na paśyati ||2 Now, if… Continue reading ♦ A brief note on Lindtner’s edition of Bhavya’s Madhyamakahṛdayakārikā III, 253

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♦ Can a Materialist worship God? Some reflections on a passage of Āryadevapāda

Let us consider a passage of a Buddhist text preserved in Tibetan translation, and lost in its Sanskrit original, the Skhalita-pramathana-yukti-hetu-siddhi (’KHrul pa bzlog pa’i rigs pa gtan tshigs grub pa, «Accomplishment of Reason by Means of Argumentations for the Destruction of Errors»). This brief work is attributed to Āryadeva (colophon: slob dpon ’phags pa… Continue reading ♦ Can a Materialist worship God? Some reflections on a passage of Āryadevapāda