An Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy (Cambridge by Stephen J. Laumakis

By Stephen J. Laumakis

During this sincerely written undergraduate textbook, Stephen Laumakis explains the foundation and improvement of Buddhist rules and ideas, targeting the philosophical rules and arguments awarded and defended by way of chosen thinkers and sutras from quite a few traditions. He starts off with a caricature of the Buddha and the Dharma, and highlights the origins of Buddhism in India. He then considers particular info of the Dharma with detailed realization to Buddhist metaphysics and epistemology, and examines the improvement of Buddhism in China, Japan, and Tibet, concluding with the tips of the Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh. In every one bankruptcy he contains motives of key phrases and teachings, excerpts from fundamental resource fabrics, and displays of the arguments for every place. His e-book can be a useful consultant for all who're drawn to this wealthy and colourful philosophy.

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By Stephen J. Laumakis

During this sincerely written undergraduate textbook, Stephen Laumakis explains the foundation and improvement of Buddhist rules and ideas, targeting the philosophical rules and arguments awarded and defended by way of chosen thinkers and sutras from quite a few traditions. He starts off with a caricature of the Buddha and the Dharma, and highlights the origins of Buddhism in India. He then considers particular info of the Dharma with detailed realization to Buddhist metaphysics and epistemology, and examines the improvement of Buddhism in China, Japan, and Tibet, concluding with the tips of the Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh. In every one bankruptcy he contains motives of key phrases and teachings, excerpts from fundamental resource fabrics, and displays of the arguments for every place. His e-book can be a useful consultant for all who're drawn to this wealthy and colourful philosophy.

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The ultimate justification for this approach is the simple fact that it is some of the most basic and important metaphysical and epistemological features of his teaching that are captured for the first time and in a preliminary way in the facts of his biography. In other words, what I am suggesting is The life of Siddhattha Gotama that the life of Siddhattha Gotama can be usefully read as embodying the very same philosophical ideas that he tried to teach his followers. In short, he lived the principles and ideas he tried to teach and he taught the principles and ideas he lived.

These complementary halves of the Vedic and post-Vedic vision ultimately came to be known as the action/kamma and knowledge/jnana interpretations of the Vedas. 11 Koller (2006), p. 247. The contexts for the emergence of Buddhism The fifth and sixth classical systems of Indian thought are the Nyaya, and Vaisheshika views. The Nyaya dassana is basically concerned with questions and problems in logic. Its roots may be traced back to the non-theistic belief that faulty reasoning and/or logical mistakes are the cause of suffering and attachment, and that one can arrive at the truth and ultimately liberation by correcting fallacious reasoning.

Without going into the details of their specific arguments, it is easy to imagine oneself defending causal determinism by appealing to the evidence of the senses. For example, experience teaches us that where there is smoke, there is fire. Where there is fruit, there are plants and trees. Where there are actions, there are results or consequences. In these and many other cases like them, it is obvious, at least at the level of direct observation, that what we ordinarily think of as causes and effects are joined in ways that are more intimate than simple constant conjunctions or mere temporal succession.

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