“Neither the existence nor the nonexistence of the self is in any way established. Without that…”

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“Neither the existence nor the nonexistence of the self is in any way established. Without that establishment, how will there be the establishment of the existence or nonexistence of the defilements [i.e. desire, aversion, and delusion]? So these defilements belong to something, yet no such thing is established. Without something [to be their locus], the defilements are defilements of nothing whatsoever.”

Nāgārjuna, Mūlamadhyamakakārikā, Siderits & Katsura tr. (23:3-4)

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