Nāgārjuna’s Middle Way - Praise

Mūlamadhyamakakārikā

Winner of the 2014 Khyenste Foundation Translation Prize.

“Katsura and Siderits’s translation and commentary renders the work accessible in an outstanding fashion. The scholarship is of the very highest quality. The translation is authoritative, and the commentary, drawing on the texts of the most notable Indian commentators, provides a picture of Nāgārjuna’s thought that is vivid and illuminating.”—Graham Priest, author of Logic: A Very Short Introduction

“This new translation by Shoryu Katsura and Mark Siderits is accurate, faithful to the Indian interpreters, and clear. These two scholars have rendered the Madhyamakakārikās with an exemplary combination of philological and philosophical rigor, making this the translation of choice for Nāgārjuna’s seminal verses.”—Tom Tillemans, Professor Emeritus, University of Lausanne

“At last! At last we have a translation of the Madhyamakakārikās that can be enthusiastically recommended to students! This translation is sensitive to text-critical issues, felicitous, academically rigorous, and it incorporates a useful introduction with an admirable and philosophically sensitive summary of Nāgārjuna’s intellectual background and method. This translation has the authentic flavour of Nāgārjuna. It should certainly become the first translation of choice for all English language work on the Madhyamakakārikās in the foreseeable future.”—Paul Williams, Emeritus Professor of Indian and Tibetan Philosophy, University of Bristol, author of Buddhist Thought: A Complete Introduction to the Indian Tradition

“Siderits and Katsura have produced a masterful translation that is both philologically precise and philosophically sophisticated and sets extremely high standards for further work on the Madhyamakakārikā. Based on the four extant Indian commentaries their explanations of Nāgārjuna’s concise verses are a paragon of conceptual clarity. Every student of Buddhist philosophy will want to own a copy of this book.”—Jan Westerhoff, Oxford University, author of Nagarjuna’s Madhyamaka: A Philosophical Introduction

“Mark Siderits and Shōryū Katsura’s Nāgārjuna’s Middle Way will justly be received as the go-to translation of one of the most important works of the Indian Buddhist philosophical tradition. The authors have achieved something remarkable-a rendering of Nāgārjuna’s foundational text that is clear and concise, but that nevertheless lets us see how Nagarjuna can have been so variously read by interpreters both traditional and modern.”—Dan Arnold, University of Chicago Divinity School, author of Buddhists, Brahmins, and Belief: Epistemology in South Asian Philosophy of Religion

“This is an amazing book. It provides a refined translation of Nāgārjuna’s text and creates a lucid synthesis of the traditional commentaries, pointing us on our way, challenging every step and at the same time pushing us to our own intimate insight into the fundamental matter. If a book could ever be a Zen teacher, this comes as close as we’re likely to find. Every Zen student should read it, return to the pillow, then return to the text, again, and again. And again.”—James Ishmael Ford, coauthor of The Book of MU and If You’re Lucky, Your Heart Will Break

“With several excellent translations of Nāgārjuna’s masterpiece already available, what sets Siderits and Katsura’s translation apart? Its synthesis of a lot of important scholarship, its accessibility, and its thoroughness for starters. Scholar and practitioner-friendly. Bravo, gentlemen—you’ve done a great service to those who care about Buddhist thought. And bravo also to Wisdom Publications, whose Classics of Indian Buddhism series just keeps getting better and better.”—Rev. Danny Fisher, Off the Cushion