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Madhyamika Svatantrika

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Madhyamika Svatantrika

(skt.: madhyamika svatantrika; tib.: uma rang gyu pa) A system analysing emptiness founded by Bhavaviveka (500-578) which is considered as a lower part of Madhyamika. Madhyamika Svatantrika makes a distinction between the true existence of phenomena and the inherent existence of phenomena. They say that things do exist inherently, from their own side, but that they do not exist truly. Their explanation for this distinction is that things exist from their own side (inherently) as well as being posited by thought, concept. 

According to them, a phenomenon exists in depedence of (both must be present): 
1. existence from its own side and 
2. of the mental thought imputed onto it.


Words of Wisdom

"Like me, the countless living beings have been wandering in cyclic existence. Many times they have been a parent to me and shone radiant kindness upon me. How unworthy not to respond to their sorrow. For the sake of all living beings we must strive in the practices bringing Enlightenment."
- 1st Dalai Lama

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