A Companion to Buddhist Philosophy (Blackwell Companions to Philosophy)

Steven M. Emmanuel

Language: English

Pages: 758

ISBN: 1119144663

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

A Companion to Buddhist Philosophy is the most comprehensive single volume on the subject available; it offers the very latest scholarship to create a wide-ranging survey of the most important ideas, problems, and debates in the history of Buddhist philosophy.

• Encompasses the broadest treatment of Buddhist philosophy available, covering social and political thought, meditation, ecology and contemporary issues and applications

• Each section contains overviews and cutting-edge scholarship that expands readers understanding of the breadth and diversity of Buddhist thought

• Broad coverage of topics allows flexibility  to instructors in creating a syllabus

• Essays provide valuable alternative philosophical perspectives on topics to those available in Western traditions

Selected Works of D.T. Suzuki, Volume II

An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the World

The Accidental Buddhist: Mindfulness, Enlightenment, and Sitting Still

Bringing Home the Dharma: Awakening Right Where You Are

Lord of Light

The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation














Review 119/1, 31–76. Siderits, Mark (1982). More Things in Heaven and Earth. Journal of Indian Philosophy 10, 187–208. Siderits, Mark (1985). Word Meaning, Sentence Meaning, and Apoha. Journal of Indian Philosophy 13, 133–51. Wood, Thomas E. (1991). Mind Only: A Philosophical and Doctrinal Analysis of the Vijñānavāda. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press. 150 9 Emptiness in Mahāyāna Buddhism Interpretations and Comparisons DAVID BURTON Emptiness (śūnyatā) is a central concept in Mahāyāna

or can be proven to exist. Many Yogācāra philosophers reject solipsism and assert the existence of a plurality of streams of consciousness; however, it is not evident how one would know that there must be streams of consciousness other than one’s own. They might, after all, be nothing more than the product of one’s own conceptual activity. Some Yogācāra thinkers demonstrate that they are aware of this difficulty and seek to prove the existence of other minds (Williams 2009, 309–10). Of course,

over whether Buddhism is a philosophy, a religion, both, or neither, this essay will A Companion to Buddhist Philosophy, First Edition. Edited by Steven M. Emmanuel. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Published 2013 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 13 stephen j. laumakis instead provide an account of his intellectual biography by analyzing the philosophical context in and from which his thought and teachings emerged. Indian “Views” of Reality As I have argued elsewhere (Laumakis 2008), perhaps one of

scholarship assuming that they are an authentic witness to what the authors wish to see as “original” Buddhism. This is perhaps the inevitable outcome of a cultural concern with origins and foundational texts rather than what might be called the “developed church,” and this is reflected in our existing histories of Theravāda, which offer considerable material on “origins” and the contemporary period but leave an uncomfortable gap for the intervening two millennia. Theravāda Doctrine The major

cannot just be reduced a random sequence of mental images. Rather, the images are connected by temporal and spatial locations. Some images occur after others, thereby creating a dream-narrative stretched out in time, and the images that occur simultaneously are related by spatial relations such that one is next to the other, one on top of the other, etc. Yet it is clear that these relations are not in any way derived from the objects they represent. It is not the case that, when we dream of a

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