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Title: A Soteriology called śūnyatā
Author(s): VANHAELEMEERSCH, Ph.
Journal: Orientalia Lovaniensia Periodica
Volume: 27 Date: 1997
In Buddhist thought Nāgārjuna stands as a landmark. His approach counterbalances the highly sophisticated analytical method of Buddhist scholasticism. For scholasticism, questions regarding human suffering were considered to find an adequate answer in a meticulous analysis of human existence into its various constituents. Soon these discrete constituents gained an autonomous status, each of them forming its own essence (or svabhāva). The matter of man's salvation was suppressed by this speculation which found its criterion nowhere else than in its itself.