Madhyamika

noun
Mad·​hya·​mi·​ka | \ mädˈ(h)yəmə̇kə \
plural -s

Definition of Madhyamika

1 or Madhyamaka : one of the two major philosophical systems of Mahayana Buddhism holding against both realism and nihilism that ultimate reality has no definable characteristic and is beyond both knowing and being — compare yogacara
2 : an adherent of Madhyamika

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History and Etymology for Madhyamika

Sanskrit mādhyamika, from madhyama middle, superlative of madhya middle

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“Madhyamika.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Madhyamika. Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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