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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

"Realize that the nature of your mind is different from that of the flesh and bone of your physical body. Your mind is like a mirror, reflecting everything without discrimination. If you have understanding-wisdom, you can control the kind of reflection that you allow into the mirror of your mind."
- Lama Yeshe

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