“Destruction does not occur without becoming. It does not occur together with it. Becoming does not…”

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“Destruction does not occur without becoming. It does not occur together with it. Becoming does not occur without destruction. It does not occur together with it. How could there be destruction without becoming? How could there be death without birth? There is no destruction without becoming. How could destruction and becoming occur simultaneously? Death and birth do not occur simultaneously. How could there be becoming without destruction? For impermanence is never absent from entities. … How, when things cannot be established as existing, with, or apart from one another, can they be established at all?”

Nāgārjuna, Mūlamadhyamakakārikā, Garfield tr. (21:1-4,6)
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