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Nāgārjuna: Mūlamadhyamakakārikā
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1. References
2. Abbreviations
3. Bibliography
4. Credits


The Sanskrit references are for page and line in La Vallée Puossin (1913). The Chinese references are to page, paragraph and line in T 1564 (translation by Kumārajīva). The Tibetan references are to page and line in Tg vol. tsa (translation by Jñānagarbha and Klu’i rgyal mtshan). The English translation is taken from Batchelor (2000), and reproduced here with kind permission from the translator.


Abbreviations for the whole library.


Batchellor, Stephen (2000), Verses from the Centre, Sharpham College, (18. April, 2010).

Jñānagarbha and Klu’i rgyal mtshan (revised by Sumati, Pa tshab ñi ma grags, Kanaka, and De ñid), "dbu ma rtsa ba’i tshig le’ur byas pa" (Tibetan translation of Mmk), in Tg, vol. tsa, 1a1-19a6.

Kumārajīva 鳩摩羅什, "Zhōnglùn" 中論 (Chinese translation and commentary on Mmk), in T, 1564 1a3-36c24.

La Vallée Poussin, Louis de (1913), Mūlamadhyamakakārikās (Mādhyamikasūtras) de Nāgārjuna avec la Prasannapadā Commentaire de Candrakīrti, Imprimerie de l'Académie Impériale des Sciences, St. Petersburg.


Input by Fredrik Liland, Oslo 2010.

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