“What is distinct is distinct in dependence on that from which it is distinct; it is not distinct…”

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“What is distinct is distinct in dependence on that from which it is distinct; it is not distinct apart from that from which it is distinct. … If the distinct thing were distinct from that from which it is distinct, then it would be distinct [even] without that from which it is distinct. But the distinct thing cannot be distinct without that from which it is distinct; hence there is no distinctness.”

Nāgārjuna, Mūlamadhyamakakārikā, Siderits & Katsura tr. (14:5-6)

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