This glossary contains an alphabetical list of Buddhist terms that you may find on this website. Many of the terms now include phoneticized Sanskrit (Skt) as well as two forms of Tibetan—the phonetic version (Tib), which is a guide to pronunciation, and transliteration using the Wylie method (Wyl). Search for the term you want by entering it in the search box or browse through the listing by clicking on the letters below.

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Svatantrika Madhyamaka (Skt)

u ma rang gyü pa (Tib); bdu ma rang rgyud pa (Wyl)

The Middle Way Autonomy School, a sub-school of the Middle Way school of Buddhist philosophy. According to Tibetan scholarly tradition, the school of Madhyamaka philosophy that (a) stresses syllogistic reasoning rather than the use of reductio ad absurdum (prasanga) in establishing the nature of dharmas as emptiness and (b) asserts that dharmas possess inherent defining characteristics (svalaksana), at least conventionally. The school is subdivided into Sautrantika Svatantrika Madhyamaka (represented by Bhavaviveka and Jnanagarbha) and Yogachara Svatantrika Madhyamaka (represented by Santarakshita and Kamalasila). (See The Crystal Mirror of Philosophical Systems, p. 510.) See also Madhyamaka and Prasangika Madhyamaka.