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By Steven M. Emmanuel

A significant other to Buddhist Philosophy is the main finished unmarried quantity at the topic on hand; it bargains the very newest scholarship to create a wide-ranging survey of an important rules, difficulties, and debates within the heritage of Buddhist philosophy.

• Encompasses the broadest therapy of Buddhist philosophy to be had, masking social and political idea, meditation, ecology and modern matters and applications

• every one part comprises overviews and state of the art scholarship that expands readers knowing of the breadth and variety of Buddhist thought

• extensive insurance of themes permits flexibility  to teachers in making a syllabus

• Essays offer beneficial substitute philosophical views on subject matters to these on hand in Western traditions

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Part I features three introductory chapters on the conceptual foundations of Buddhist philosophy, beginning with a discussion of the intellectual context of Gotama’s thought. This sets up a presentation both of the Buddha’s foundational teachings on dukkha and the path that leads to liberation and of the closely related doctrine of conditioned co-arising. 13 Part II presents a general survey of the three living traditions of Buddhist thought: Theravāda, Mahāyāna, and Vajrayāna. Focusing mainly on bringing out key philosophical differences, these discussions provide a useful overview of the major figures and texts associated with the various schools.

An Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Mohanty, J. N. (2000) Classical Indian Philosophy. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Renard, J. (1999). 101 Questions and Answers on Buddhism. New York: Gramercy Books. Walshe, M. ) (1995). The Long Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Digha Nikaya. Boston: Wisdom. 163), the person who became known as “the Buddha” or “Awakened One” sought that which was in various ways beyond these. After his awakening/enlightenment experience, in which he is seen to have experienced that which is the unborn, unaging, unailing, deathless (Skt nirvāṇa; P.

Nevertheless, the most important element of the Mīmāṃsā vision of reality (taken as a whole) is its rather elaborate system for understanding and interpreting the Vedas. As part of their science of interpretation, Mīmāṃsā thinkers believe that words themselves are the ultimate source of knowledge and that they serve as a direct means of truth. They also argue that true cognition originates from multiple sources, among them perception, logical inferences, verbal utterances, simple comparison, and postulation.

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