rachmiel wrote:One more:
Per Nagarjuna/Madhyamaka is there anything that DOES have intrinsic existence?
For example, emptiness. Or Buddha nature?
My understanding is that Prasangika Madhymaka refutes the entire concept of svabhava. Shentong states that buddha nature/nirvana/whatever is svabhava, empty of other, not empty of itself. I'm sure there's a ton missing there, but on a basic level I think that's the dichotomy.
One thing seems to be though, alot of times criticism of this position seems to be centered on the mistaken idea that Nagarjuna was somehow a nihilist, who was saying "nothing exists"..there is no statement there advocating inherent non existence either
..which would actually just be another kind of inherent existence.http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
Pali Sutta obviously, but i've always found this short one to sum up nicely the idea that polarities of existence and non existence actually simply are not truth.
Paging Malcolm to bring the knowledge.
"Just as a lotus does not grow out of a well-levelled soil but from the mire, in the same way the awakening mind
is not born in the hearts of disciples in whom the moisture of attachment has dried up. It grows instead in the hearts of ordinary sentient beings who possess in full the fetters of bondage." -Se Chilbu Choki Gyaltsen