Philosophy of the Buddha: An Introduction by Christopher W. Gowans

By Christopher W. Gowans

Philosophy of the Buddha is a philosophical advent to the educating of the Buddha. It conscientiously courses readers in the course of the uncomplicated principles and practices of the Buddha, together with kamma (karma), rebirth, the not-self doctrine, the 4 Noble Truths, the Eightfold direction, ethics, meditation, nonattachment, and Nibb=E2na (Nirvana). The publication comprises an account of the lifetime of the Buddha in addition to comparisons of his educating with functional and theoretical elements of a few Western philosophical outlooks, either old and smooth. such a lot distinctively, Philosophy of the Budda explores how Buddhi st enlightenment might allow us to beat agony in our lives and achieve our complete capability for compassion and tranquillity. this can be one of many first books to introduce the philosophy of the Buddha to scholars of Western philosophy. Christopher W. Gowans' type is phenomenally transparent and acceptable for someone trying to find a finished advent to this turning out to be niche.

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By Christopher W. Gowans

Philosophy of the Buddha is a philosophical advent to the educating of the Buddha. It conscientiously courses readers in the course of the uncomplicated principles and practices of the Buddha, together with kamma (karma), rebirth, the not-self doctrine, the 4 Noble Truths, the Eightfold direction, ethics, meditation, nonattachment, and Nibb=E2na (Nirvana). The publication comprises an account of the lifetime of the Buddha in addition to comparisons of his educating with functional and theoretical elements of a few Western philosophical outlooks, either old and smooth. such a lot distinctively, Philosophy of the Budda explores how Buddhi st enlightenment might allow us to beat agony in our lives and achieve our complete capability for compassion and tranquillity. this can be one of many first books to introduce the philosophy of the Buddha to scholars of Western philosophy. Christopher W. Gowans' type is phenomenally transparent and acceptable for someone trying to find a finished advent to this turning out to be niche.

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For a person who has attained Nibba¯na, life is a process of living selflessly in which, unencumbered by the false belief that we are selves, we are enabled to live compassionate and joyful lives.

The aim is to show persons how to overcome suffering and attain Nibba¯na. The purpose is not to persuade them to accept certain doctrines as such. This practical approach is famously illustrated by a story the Buddha told Ma¯lunkya¯putta, a skeptically minded disciple, when he persisted in demanding answers to a series of philosophical questions the Buddha refused to answer. The Buddha described someone wounded by a poison arrow who would not allow a surgeon to treat him until he knew the name and class of the man who wounded him, his height and complexion, where he lived, and so on.

But they are not the questions the traditional story primarily is meant to raise. This is not because our answers could only be speculative (which is mostly true), but because the story is intended to speak to us in universal terms that do not depend on the specifics of particular personal relationships. What is important, we are supposed to believe, is that the Buddha had virtually all those things most people seek and suppose will bring them happiness – good looks, wealth, power, prestige, a fruitful marriage, and so on – and he realized that, in fact, these things were insufficient for real happiness.

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