Abhidhammic Misconceptions

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Re: Abhidhammic Misconceptions

Post by Javi » Sun Sep 18, 2016 1:53 am

It seems that if Nagarjuna was reacting to anything, it's more likely that it was a strain of Abhidhamma-fundamentalism, or Abhidhamma-only-ism, with a heterodox Abhidhammic discourse and/or the Sarvāstivāda Abhidharma itself, rather than to the Theravada Abhidhamma as it is presently understood, that much is clear.
Even the Sarvāstivāda Abhidharmikas did not all hold that svabhava = "own being" as an independent thingy. I remember when I was reading up on this in the past, and it seems that there was a lot of diversity in the Sarvastivda school (which makes sense, since it was quite spread out).

Since we only have the Abhidharmas of two schools and not the others, we might never know who Nagarjuna was responding against.
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