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Causality & Emptiness: The Wisdom of Nāgārjuna by Peter Della Santina.
Introduction to the Middle Way: Madhyamakāvatāra with Commentary by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.
(Send an e-mail request via the request form on the website and receive a free downloadable PDF copy.)
The Center of the Sunlit Sky: Madhyamaka in the Kagyü Tradition by Karl Brunnhölzl.
Ornament of Reason: The Great Commentary to Nāgārjuna's Root of the Middle Way by Mabja Jangchub Tsondru.
I also like Bhattacharya, Johnston & Kunst's trans of the Vig as well. Westerhoff has done a more recent one, with a more comprehensive explanation, but I think the earlier trans is better.
First, a little background in logic. Dignaga's Pramanasamuccaya, etc.. and then Dharmakirti. ( haven't quite completed this)
Then, studying Chandrakirti's 6th chp. of the Madhyamakavatara...drawing upon
all the commentaries and modern resources I can find. While pursuing this I have been instructed to become familiar with
the five Madhyamaka lines of reasoning and then to search for the stanzas that are representative of these lines of argumentation within the
text. The Diamond slivers and dependent arising arguments dominate and are primary to the sixth chapter of the Madhyamakavatara, but the other three are there if you dig.
All five lines of argumentation are, in some respects, interconnected and a basic understanding of them all is invaluable to study of any Madhyamaka texts.
I also found the following very helpful:
DKR's teaching/commentary on the Madhyamakavatara (already mentioned by Huseng)
Jeffery Hopkin's Meditation on Emptiness
Ju Mipham-mkhas ‘jug
And many others...
Nāgārjuna in Context: Mahāyāna Buddhism and Early Indian Culture by Joseph Walser is a superb introductory work to the background of Nāgārjuna. It is well written and easy to read.
It would also be wise to understand his opponents, which in his time was mostly Abhidharma proponents. The Abhidharma-kośa by Vasubandhu is probably a good place to start as a way of grasping the points of Abhidharma, though it postdates Nāgārjuna's works. The primary opponent of Nāgārjuna was probably the Sarvāstivādins.
I think studying Abhidharma first is the best route to take.
Easy to read and hit the point in very short pages.
Really good book.
I am not right nor wrong.
I do not exist neither non-exist.
I am not I nor non-I.
I am not in samsara nor nirvana.
To All Buddhas, I bow down for the teaching of emptiness. Thank You!
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