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Middle Way

(Skt., madhyamā-pratipad; Pali, majjhimapātipadā); generally, a term for the way of the historical Buddha Shākyamuni, which teaches avoidance of all extremes—like indulgence in the pleasures of the senses on one side and self-mortification and asceticism on the other. More specifically, it refers to the Mādhyamika school founded by Nāgārju­na, which refrains from choosing between op­posing positions, and in relation to the existence or nonexistence of all things, treads a middle way.