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If some second arising and etc. are required to characterize the first arising and etc. to render the latter conditioned, then arising and etc. would become unconditioned, and hence would no longer be qualified as characteristics of the conditioned things

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Mūlamadhyamaka-kārikā of Nāgārjuna

Sthiramati's Commentary on Nāgārjuna's Mūla-madhyamaka-kārikā, section T30, no. 1567, 147c1


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