more from Nagarjuna

Single Idea 7607

[catalogued under 29. Religion / C. Spiritual Disciplines / 3. Buddhism]

Full Idea

Many later Buddhists (after Nagarjuna, c.120 CE) developed a belief that everything we experience is an illusion: in the West we would call them idealists.

Gist of Idea

Nagarjuna and others pronounced the world of experience to be an illusion


report of Nagarjuna (teachings [c.120]) by Karen Armstrong - A History of God Ch.3

Book Reference

Armstrong,Karen: 'A History of God' [Mandarin 1993], p.101

A Reaction

This is just one step beyond Plato (who at least hung onto the immediate world as an inferior reality), and is presumably intended to motivate meditators to break out of the misery of existence into a higher realm. Personally I am against it.