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Loved Western Buddhist grasp Kornfield makes recognized his own, functional knowledge, garnered from 25 years of training and educating the trail of awakening, as he courses self-searchers to a simplicity of conception that brings alive non secular perform, peace, and fact of their day-by-day lives.
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93. , the sense o f the real. To elucidate the sense of the real is the mission of the Madhyamika: The sense o f the real, with its import that the conditioned is distinct from the unconditioned and further that the real, ultimate nature o f the con ditioned is itself the unconditioned reality is the minimum presupposi tion o f all endeavour o f man and its elucidation is the primary function o f philosophy. All the specific formulations o f conceptual systems are secondary to and are based on it.
D . If the earlier date is to be accepted for Gautamlputra, these limits have to be pushed back by about twenty years. The period between 5 0 a . d . D. would be synchronous also with the reigns of Kaniska I and Kaniska II. This corroborates the other tradition that Nagarjuna was a contemporary o f these kings. Nagarjuna s sources: W e have seen that it is to the exposition o f the teachings o f the Prajndpdramita-sutras that Nagarjuna set himself. These Sutras embody the central teaching that the ultimate nature of the determinate is itself the unconditioned reality—that in the ultimate 30 IN T R O D U C T IO N truth, the undivided being, there is no division o f conditioned and unconditioned—and that the wisdom that consists in and is itself the same as this ultimate truth o f things has, in regard to determinate ex istence, which is the mundane truth, the essential import o f the skilful ness o f non-clinging, not clinging to the determinate as ultimate in its determinate nature.
Undivided being (advaya-dharma) and the skilful ness o f non-clinging (anupalambha-yoga) constitute practically the heart o f the Prajnapdramitd-sutras, and in them sunyatd39 becomes the over arching concept as the most felicitous means o f conveying their basic teachings in all their different aspects. The universal compassion o f the wise comes to be emphasized as the necessary import and hence the invariable accompaniment o f the wisdom that is sunyatd. Perfect wisdom and universal compassion come to be emphasized as the two inalienable phases o f the integral course o f the life o f the wise.