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By Alan Watts

During this dynamic sequence of lectures, Alan Watts takes us on an exploration of Buddhism, from its roots in India to the explosion of curiosity in Zen and the Tibetan culture within the West. Watts lines the Indian beginnings of Buddhism, delineates transformations among Buddhism and different religions, seems on the radical tools of the Mahayana Buddhist, and experiences the 4 Noble Truths and The Eightfold direction.

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G. to say that all external things are nonetemal is to employ an erratic reason, because the sky is an external thing which is etemal. g. there is doubt as to a certain tall object being a post or a man, and yet if we proceed to act on the assumption that it is a man, we commit the fallacy of false assumption. g. we attempt to prove the eternity of the Veda on the ground that sound is eternal, when no proof has been given for the eternity of sound. g. the soul is eternal, because it is distinct from the body.

3) A speech is said to be excellent if its words are neither inadequate nor redundant, and its reason and example well expressed. (4) A speech is said to be defective if its words are inadequate, or redundant, or if it employs the same word to convey different meanings of different words to convey the same meaning. , (1) a priori (phrvavat), (2) a posteriori (śesavat), and (3) commonly seen (sāmānyatodŗsta). The respective examples are: on seeing a cloud one infers that there will be rain; and on seeing a man move from one place to another, one infers that the sun, which rises in the east and sets in the west, must have moved.

Five kinds, according to the (alternate) classification of meditative levels into five (rather than four) sets of factors, by dividing what was called the second meditative level into two kinds, one involving the transcendence of initial thought and the other the transcendence of initial and sustained thought.. (E72-88; T90-112) How should concentration be developed? , residence, family, wealth, class, building, travel, kin, illness, books and magic powers), who approaches a good friend and gets from him one of the forty subjects for meditation which suits his temperament.

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