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Time, temporality, and the characteristic marks of the conditioned: Sarvastivada and Madhyamaka Buddhist interpretations

Bart Dessein UGent (2011) ASIAN PHILOSOPHY. 21(4). p.341-360
abstract
According to the Buddhist concept of 'dependent origination' (pratityasamutpada), discrete factors come into existence because of a combination of causes (hetu) and conditions (pratyaya). Such discrete factors, further, are combinations of five aggregates (pancaskandha) that, themselves, are subject to constant change. Discrete factors, therefore, lack a self-nature (a tman). The passing through time of discrete factors is characterized by the 'characteristic marks of the conditioned': birth (utpada), change in continuance (sthityanyathatva), and passing away (vyaya); or, alternatively: birth (jati), duration (sthiti), decay (jara), and impermanence (anityata). In the interpretation of the precise nature of these characteristic marks of the conditioned, and their relation to the discrete factor they characterize, different opinions were prevalent within the Sarvastivada School of Buddhist philosophy, with, judging from later scholastic literature, the views of the Darstantika/Sautrantika and the Vaibhasika sub-schools as most prominent ones. The Indian and Chinese Madhyamaka philosophers pointed to the fallacies in the Sarvastivada interpretations of the nature of the characteristic marks of the conditioned and their relation to the discrete factors they characterize, and, hence, to the fallacies in the Sarvastivada interpretations of the concepts 'time' and 'temporality'.
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temporality, characteristic marks, time, Madhyamaka, Buddhism, activity (karitra), Sarvastivada, nature (dravya)
journal title
ASIAN PHILOSOPHY
Asian Philos.
volume
21
issue
4
pages
341 - 360
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Article
Web of Science id
000299622800001
ISSN
0955-2367
DOI
10.1080/09552367.2011.635887
language
English
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yes
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A1
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1953990
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1953990
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2011-11-25 12:40:51
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  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
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  title        = {Time, temporality, and the characteristic marks of the conditioned: Sarvastivada and Madhyamaka Buddhist interpretations},
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Chicago
Dessein, Bart. 2011. “Time, Temporality, and the Characteristic Marks of the Conditioned: Sarvastivada and Madhyamaka Buddhist Interpretations.” Asian Philosophy 21 (4): 341–360.
APA
Dessein, B. (2011). Time, temporality, and the characteristic marks of the conditioned: Sarvastivada and Madhyamaka Buddhist interpretations. ASIAN PHILOSOPHY, 21(4), 341–360.
Vancouver
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Dessein B. Time, temporality, and the characteristic marks of the conditioned: Sarvastivada and Madhyamaka Buddhist interpretations. ASIAN PHILOSOPHY. 2011;21(4):341–60.
MLA
Dessein, Bart. “Time, Temporality, and the Characteristic Marks of the Conditioned: Sarvastivada and Madhyamaka Buddhist Interpretations.” ASIAN PHILOSOPHY 21.4 (2011): 341–360. Print.