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Buddhist Philosophy: Essential Readings Twarda oprawa – 23 marca 2009
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Buddhist Philosophy fills that lacuna. It collects important philosophical texts from each major Buddhist tradition. Each text is translated and introduced by a recognized authority in Buddhist studies. Each introduction sets the text in context and introduces the philosophical issues it addresses and arguments it presents, providing a useful and authoritative guide to reading and to teaching the text. The volume is organized into topical sections that reflect the way that Western philosophers think about the structure of the discipline, and each section is introduced by an essay explaining Buddhist approaches to that subject matter, and the place of the texts collected in that section in the enterprise.
This volume is an ideal single text for an intermediate or advanced course in Buddhist philosophy, and makes this tradition immediately accessible to the philosopher or student versed in Western philosophy coming to Buddhism for the first time. It is also ideal for the scholar or student of Buddhist studies who is interested specifically in the philosophical dimensions of the Buddhist tradition.
William Edelglass is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Marlboro College. Previously he taught at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, Dharamsala, India. His research focuses on Buddhist philosophy, environmental philosophy, and twentieth century continental philosophy.
Jay Garfield is Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple rofessor of Humanities at Yale-NUS College. His books include the translations of Nagarjuna's Mulamadhyamakakarika: The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way (OUP, 1995); Tsong khapa's Ocean of Reasoning (OUP, 2002), and Empty Words: Buddhist Philosophy and Cross-Cultural Interpretation (OUP, 2006).
- Wydawca : Oxford University Press Inc (23 marca 2009)
- Język : Angielski
- Twarda oprawa : 480 str.
- ISBN-10 : 0195328167
- ISBN-13 : 978-0195328165
- Wymiary : 24.13 x 3.81 x 16 cm
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On a larger scale, though, there are a couple of things that jumped out at me:
1) Buddhist philosophy and Western philosophy intersect more than one might expect. Even though the two traditions were almost completely separate for two thousand years -- and the great Buddhist university of Nalanda was destroyed by Muslim invaders before the University of Paris was even founded -- ideas about consciousness, morality and ethics converge much more than one would think.
This is especially valuable, I believe, because Westerners too often tend to dismiss Buddhism as people chanting or meditating or circumambulating Tibetan temples instead of realizing that it is a deep, complex system of thought that is much, much more than large statues and incense.
2) Just as monotheistic religions will always struggle to explain the existence of evil, Buddhist thinkers will always struggle with the notion that nothing really exists, especially individuals and their egos. But if individuals don't exist, then what is a "Buddha"? And who exactly is a Bodhisattva trying to save? And, if consciousness of oneself as an individual is not only misguided, but completely out of touch with true reality, then who is it who reads these precepts and either puts them into action or doesn't?
This fundamental paradox becomes more and more apparent as the pages turn, and though it doesn't devalue the thinkers and their thoughts, it does call into question the foundation of the philosophy that inspires these subtle and often profound works.
A warning, though: This book is not for the faint of heart, as the essays and translation are full of unfamiliar phrases and concepts, and the translations of the earlier works are often very difficult to parse. But sticking with it is ultimately rewarding, as things become more and more clear as the reader moves forward in time. So if you're serious about understanding the complicated depths of Buddhism, these 448 pages of heavy mental lifting are an excellent exercise, and will open the eyes of those who are new to this alternate world of philosophy.