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Javeria101
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how do I plan an essay on "samsara is nirvana - discuss" ???
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probably need to start by explaining nagarjuna's ideas on sunyata and explain how that could be interpreted to mean nirvana and samsara are the same (i think you can quote peter harvey as saying they are exactly the same, and i think nagarjuna himself said they were the same as well). then maybe a criticism on how nagarjuna's idea of sunyata may contradict the buddha's original teachings or seem like an unnecessary addition to the Buddha's word would give you some counterargument to the original point.
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(Original post by enlimaa)
probably need to start by explaining nagarjuna's ideas on sunyata and explain how that could be interpreted to mean nirvana and samsara are the same (i think you can quote peter harvey as saying they are exactly the same, and i think nagarjuna himself said they were the same as well). then maybe a criticism on how nagarjuna's idea of sunyata may contradict the buddha's original teachings or seem like an unnecessary addition to the Buddha's word would give you some counterargument to the original point.
thank you also how would I explain the following 8 fold path , 4 Nobel truths and the 5 khandas???
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Hmmm, start by discussing the way in which the Dalia Lhama exerted his influence on the trick shot scene in Modern Warfare 2. Would be a good starting point tbh.
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Nagarjuna basically said that nirvana is not a new plain to which one travels (which is a common theme in Abhidharma commentaries and earlier), but that it is simply an epistemic change. This means that samsara and nirvana take place in the same place, viz. here. The difference between the two is only how we view and interact with the world; one is uncritically and filled with reification, the other is critically and devoid of discursive conception.
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(Original post by enlimaa)
maybe a criticism on how nagarjuna's idea of sunyata may contradict the buddha's original teachings or seem like an unnecessary addition to the Buddha's word
Interesting. I think we can point to implicit ideas of sunyata at a fair few places in the Nikayas.
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