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By Stephen J. Laumakis

During this in actual fact written undergraduate textbook, Stephen Laumakis explains the beginning and improvement of Buddhist rules and ideas, targeting the philosophical principles and arguments offered and defended through chosen thinkers and sutras from quite a few traditions. He starts off with a comic strip of the Buddha and the Dharma, and highlights the origins of Buddhism in India. He then considers particular info of the Dharma with exact realization to Buddhist metaphysics and epistemology, and examines the improvement of Buddhism in China, Japan, and Tibet, concluding with the guidelines of the Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh. In each one bankruptcy he comprises motives of keywords and teachings, excerpts from basic resource fabrics, and shows of the arguments for every place. His ebook could be a useful advisor for all who're drawn to this wealthy and colourful philosophy.

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23 24 A sketch of the Buddha and the Dhamma employ as a heuristic to help present and explain the conceptual and historical context for the emergence of Buddhism. 6 As far as Indian thought is concerned, I have already indicated that India had a rich history of ‘‘philosophical’’ and ‘‘religious’’ debate about the purpose and meaning of life and the fundamental nature of reality. In fact, I have suggested that one way of considering the basic elements of classical Indian thought is to think of them as the intellectual products or insights of a series of transitions in the ‘‘Indian Way’’ of encountering or viewing reality.

She also notes that what we in the West tend to distinguish as religion and philosophy were actually combined in India in people’s attempts to understand both the meaning and structure of life and the nature of reality. In other words, in India, especially at the time when Siddhattha was alive, the two activities of practicing philosophy and religion were actually two interrelated or interdependent aspects of the same inner or spiritual quest. On the other hand, in addition to his personal and cultural wealth, Siddhattha was born into a society in the midst of great social and political changes.

Somehow our natural and habitual tendency to recognize and seek consistency and dependability overrides both the reality and our awareness of the mutability and impermanence of all things. Our basic awareness of these facts, however, is usually, if only, brought to our attention when things stop being the way they were or have always been, and we are forced to confront the reality of this in our current circumstances. As a result, it is events like those that I have described above that serve as catalysts to wake us from our usual, habituated unawareness and lack of attention to the way things really are.

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