New PDF release: An Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy (Cambridge

By Stephen J. Laumakis

ISBN-10: 0511385897

ISBN-13: 9780511385896

During this in actual fact written undergraduate textbook, Stephen Laumakis explains the foundation and improvement of Buddhist principles and ideas, targeting the philosophical rules and arguments awarded and defended by means of chosen thinkers and sutras from numerous traditions. He begins 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 designated awareness 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 every one bankruptcy he contains reasons of keywords and teachings, excerpts from basic resource fabrics, and displays of the arguments for every place. His ebook might be a useful consultant for all who're attracted to this wealthy and colourful philosophy.

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The first kind of case, a religious or theological case, is anchored in some kind of revelation from a god or gods about the, or an afterlife. In this scenario someone claims to have heard or received a message about what awaits or happens to those who die, and others choose to believe both the message and the person who has received the revelation. The second kind of case, a philosophical or scientific case, is justified by observations about the way things appear to happen in nature or the world, and logical inferences to the best explanation as a way to make sense out of 25 26 A sketch of the Buddha and the Dhamma the data of experience.

Moreover, interestingly enough, the story they tell provides a perfect opportunity for the ‘‘prequel’’ karmic account of his previous lives in the Jataka Tales. From the point of view of philosophy, however, the greatest advantage of a ‘‘philosophical reading’’ of the outline of the facts of the life of Siddhattha Gotama is its usefulness and appropriateness as a way of conveying a significant and manageable set of the most important ideas and teachings of the Dhamma. As I said in the Preface, we are investigating the teachings of the Buddha and Buddhism as a philosophy, with special attention given to its metaphysics and epistemology, and only limited consideration given to its ethics.

It also contains more serious reflection on the cyclical nature of birth–life–death and the notions of rebirth and the prospects of release or liberation from this cosmic cycle. 2 Finally, it involves an elucidation of the notions and relations of the self and society and social regulation through the ideas of norms, duties, obligations, virtues, kamma, and dhamma. What begins to emerge from this series of ‘‘visions’’ is, I think, a rather rich and complex understanding of reality that includes features that are 2 Following Mohanty (2000), pp.

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