Chapter 15: Refuting truly existent characteristics

Verses 351-353

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Refuting the inherent existence of production, duration and disintegration, the characteristics of products. Part of a series of talks on Aryadeva’s Four Hundred Stanzas on the Middle Way.

  • Looking at dependent designation using the soliloquy from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
  • Refuting the inherent production of that which exists and that which does not exist
  • A product cannot be produced, come in to being, independently under it’s own power
  • Refuting inherent production by examining the time of production
  • What exists at the time of production? sprout or seed or both?
  • You cannot pinpoint an exact moment the seed becomes a sprout, but it can be labeled conventionally

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