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    Who is Acharya Nagarjuna?

    To know history is always interesting. Is n't it? We see in Guntur district there is a university named called Acharya Nagarjuna which is Accredited by NAAC A grade. Who is this Acharya Nagarjuna? Was he a disciple of Gautama Buddha? or Was he a King who spread Buddhism in South India and what you know more about him. Knowledgeable members, please respond to the question.
  • #641476
    He was a great Buddhist preacher and teacher. But he was canonized in some parts of Asia where he's venerated as a Bodhisatva. He historically lived in the first century of the last millennia. He died in 250A.D.
    There are three types of Buddhism. Teravada,Mahayana and Vajrayana. He propagated Mahayana Buddhism. I speculate he was a student in Nalanda University and later became a teacher. He then set out to propagate Mahayana Buddhism and education in south India, Andhra Pradesh.
    You see. .the Amaravati institute/university that was built under his supervision was one of the leading universities in the world. Students from Japan, Indonesia and china would join this university in first century AD for their higher studies. The education included a syllabus of maths,astrology, medicine and various other skills. Propagating Buddhism was the basic agenda all along.

    To pay a tribute to such a phenomenal scholar and historical figure, the university was named after him.

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  • #641479
    Nagarjuna was a Mahayana Buddhist preacher who wrote his treatises approximately 200 years before the birth of Christ. Unfortunately, I don't have much knowledge about the great Buddhist philosopher.
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  • #641489
    This would be interesting for us to know that he propagated the idea that doubt should be methodical, which went on as a revolutionary innovation for philosophy in India & so his contemporary philosophy can be seen as an attempt to deconstruct all systems of thought which analyzed the world in terms of fixed substances and essences. During the couple of decades, this new concept of him was widely appreciated by the renowned scholars in various intellectual forums throughout the world. It is destined to defuse the confusion in interpreting the teachings of the Buddha.

    Nagarjuna appears as a reformer, primarily as a Buddhist reformer to be sure.

  • #641496
    He is considered to be one of the most important Mahayana philosophers Along with Aryadeva, he founded the Madhyamaka school of Mahayana Buddhism. The Guntur University named after him and the Nagarjuna Sagar dam also named after him. The museum at Nagarjuna Sagar is also known as Nagarjuna Museum. You have to go by a boat to visit this museum. This is all to attract the tourists who have interest in him and his works.
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