By Stephen J. Laumakis
During this essentially written undergraduate textbook, Stephen Laumakis explains the foundation and improvement of Buddhist rules and ideas, targeting the philosophical rules and arguments offered and defended by way of chosen thinkers and sutras from a number of traditions. He starts off with a comic strip of the Buddha and the Dharma, and highlights the origins of Buddhism in India. He then considers particular information of the Dharma with specified 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 each one bankruptcy he comprises reasons of key words and teachings, excerpts from fundamental resource fabrics, and displays of the arguments for every place. His e-book might be a useful consultant for all who're attracted to this wealthy and colourful philosophy.
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Nine dassanas It may be helpful to begin our consideration of the nine classical systems of Indian thought by noting that the Buddhist tradition8 itself refers to no fewer than sixty-two kinds of wrong views on matters as diverse as the past, the self, the world, pleasure, the mind, good and bad, chance, the future, life after death, nibbana, and even the teaching on interdependent arising. The Buddha himself not only compares these wrong views to a fishnet, but he also actually refers to them as a net of views – a net that catches and holds 8 Digha Nikaya, Brahmajala Sutta: The Supreme Net, pp.
In fact, if only we stopped and thought about it for a moment, we would soon realize that the most basic, if often overlooked, fact about the world and the people and things in it is that all of it is constantly changing. Somehow our natural and habitual tendency to recognize and seek consistency and dependability overrides both the reality and our awareness of the mutability and impermanence of all things. Our basic awareness of these facts, however, is usually, if only, brought to our attention when things stop being the way they were or have always been, and we are forced to confront the reality of this in our current circumstances.
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.
An Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy (Cambridge Introductions to Philosophy) by Stephen J. Laumakis