Madhyamakavatara, Madhyamakāvatāra: 1 definition



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The Madhyamakāvatāra is a text by Candrakirti (600–c. 650) on the Middle Way school (Mādhyamaka). It is a commentary on the meaning of Nagarjuna's Mūlamadhyamakakārikā and also the Daśabhūmikasūtra-śāstra.

The Madhyamakāvatāra relates the Mādhyamaka doctrine of 'emptiness' (śūnyatā) to the 'spiritual discipline' (sadhana) of a Bodhisattva. The Madhyamakāvatāra contains eleven chapters, where each addresses one of the 'ten perfections' (pāramitā) fulfilled by Bodhisattvas as they traverse the 'ten stages' (bhūmi) to Buddhahood, which is the final chapter.

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