The Buddhist Philosophy of the Middle
Essays on Indian and Tibetan Madhyamaka
by David Seyfort Ruegg
Madhyamaka, the “philosophy of the middle,” systematized the Buddha’s fundamental teaching on no-self with its profound non-essentialist reading of reality. Founded in India by Nagarjuna in about the second century c.e., Madhyamaka philosophy went on to become the dominant strain of Buddhist thought in Tibet and exerted a profound influence on all the cultures of East Asia. Within the extensive Western scholarship inspired by this school of thought, David Seyfort Ruegg’s work is unparalleled in its incisiveness, diligence, and scope.
“In a scholarly career spanning more than fifty years, David Seyfort Ruegg has produced seminal studies on a remarkable range of figures, texts, and issues in Indian and Tibetan thought. His essays on Madhyamaka-many of them classics in the field-are gathered together here for the first time, reminding us of Professor Ruegg’s enduring contributions to the field of Buddhist studies.”—Donald S. Lopez, University of Michigan