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, concentrating on the philosophical principles 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 specific recognition to Buddhist metaphysics and epistemology, and examines the advance 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 motives of keyword phrases and teachings, excerpts from fundamental resource fabrics, and displays of the arguments for every place. His e-book could be a useful advisor for all who're attracted 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, concentrating on the philosophical principles 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 specific recognition to Buddhist metaphysics and epistemology, and examines the advance 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 motives of keyword phrases and teachings, excerpts from fundamental resource fabrics, and displays of the arguments for every place. His e-book could be a useful advisor for all who're attracted to this wealthy and colourful philosophy.

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The same can also be said about ourselves, and our relationships with other people. Stability, constancy, dependability, and reliability are almost universally recognized as positive qualities of people and their relationships. No one, or very few people, would want or have a friend who was consistently unstable, inconstant, undependable, and unreliable. Nevertheless, the fact remains that our friends and we are often precisely that. Despite our best efforts to have and make things be the way that we want them to be, we and the things around us tend not to meet our expectations.

In fact, before delving into the details of these visions, I think it is possible at this point at least to get some preliminary sense of the intellectual and cultural milieu that supported the social and intellectual development of Siddhattha Gotama and his emergence as the historical Buddha. , a top-down enterprise that moves from divine existence and revelation to an understanding of creation, or a way of life concerned with ‘‘divine,’’ ‘‘transcendent,’’ or ‘‘superhuman’’ agencies [whether one or many in number] and our human responses to it or them as these are understood in the West), then I think we can classify the elements of each of the three visions we have distinguished as either ‘‘Indian philosophy’’ or ‘‘Indian religion’’ or both.

There are also environmental concerns about one’s life and safety in the face of nature and its power as well as concerns about wild animals and other human beings. Once these basic biological needs and environmental concerns are met and addressed, it is natural to assume that ancient people turned their attention to deeper ‘‘metaphysical’’ questions about the point and purpose of living and dying since presumably these were the basic facts of ordinary life. Little reflection is required for one to realize that many things in the world are beyond human control, and it is often difficult, if not impossible, to know or predict future events and circumstances, such as the weather and seasons 6 See Chapter 6.

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