hindu and buddhist ideas in dialogue self and no self

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Hindu And Buddhist Ideas In Dialogue

Author : Irina Kuznetsova
ISBN : 9781317121930
Genre : Religion
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The debates between various Buddhist and Hindu philosophical systems about the existence, definition and nature of self, occupy a central place in the history of Indian philosophy and religion. These debates concern various issues: what 'self' means, whether the self can be said to exist at all, arguments that can substantiate any position on this question, how the ordinary reality of individual persons can be explained, and the consequences of each position. At a time when comparable issues are at the forefront of contemporary Western philosophy, in both analytic and continental traditions (as well as in their interaction), these classical and medieval Indian debates widen and globalise such discussions. This book brings to a wider audience the sophisticated range of positions held by various systems of thought in classical India.

No Other Gods

Author : H. M. Vroom
ISBN : 0802840973
Genre : Religion
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Christianity is no longer th dominant belief system in today's pluralistic culture. Eastern religions, esecially, have attracted wide interest. Pressing the theological and dialogical dimensions of religious pluralism, Vroom offers a broad study of the views of Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam, especially their views on truth.

Waking Dreaming Being

Author : Evan Thompson
ISBN : 9780231538312
Genre : Religion
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A renowned philosopher of the mind, also known for his groundbreaking work on Buddhism and cognitive science, Evan Thompson combines the latest neuroscience research on sleep, dreaming, and meditation with Indian and Western philosophy of the mind, casting new light on the self and its relation to the brain. Thompson shows how the self is a changing process, not a static thing. When we are awake we identify with our body, but if we let our mind wander or daydream, we project a mentally imagined self into the remembered past or anticipated future. As we fall asleep, the impression of being a bounded self distinct from the world dissolves, but the self reappears in the dream state. If we have a lucid dream, we no longer identify only with the self within the dream. Our sense of self now includes our dreaming self, the “I” as dreamer. Finally, as we meditate—either in the waking state or in a lucid dream—we can observe whatever images or thoughts arise and how we tend to identify with them as “me.” We can also experience sheer awareness itself, distinct from the changing contents that make up our image of the self. Contemplative traditions say that we can learn to let go of the self, so that when we die we can witness the dissolution of the self with equanimity. Thompson weaves together neuroscience, philosophy, and personal narrative to depict these transformations, adding uncommon depth to life’s profound questions. Contemplative experience comes to illuminate scientific findings, and scientific evidence enriches the vast knowledge acquired by contemplatives.

The Black Sun

Author : Stanton Marlan
ISBN : UOM:39015060832790
Genre : Psychology
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"An important contribution to the understanding of alchemical psychology, this book draws upon a postmodern sensibility to develop an original understanding of the black sun. It offers insight into modernity, the act of imagination, and the work of analysis in understanding depression, trauma, and transformation of the soul. Marlan's original reflections help us to explore the unknown darkness conventionally called the Self."--BOOK JACKET.

Unifying Hinduism

Author : Andrew J. Nicholson
ISBN : 9780231149860
Genre : Philosophy
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Some postcolonial theorists argue that the idea of a single system of belief known as "Hinduism" is a creation of nineteenth-century British imperialists. Andrew J. Nicholson introduces another perspective: although a unified Hindu identity is not as ancient as some Hindus claim, it has its roots in innovations within South Asian philosophy from the fourteenth to seventeenth centuries. During this time, thinkers treated the philosophies of Vedanta, Samkhya, and Yoga, along with the worshippers of Visnu, Siva, and Sakti, as belonging to a single system of belief and practice. Instead of seeing such groups as separate and contradictory, they re-envisioned them as separate rivers leading to the ocean of Brahman, the ultimate reality. Drawing on the writings of philosophers from late medieval and early modern traditions, including Vijnanabhiksu, Madhava, and Madhusudana Sarasvati, Nicholson shows how influential thinkers portrayed Vedanta philosophy as the ultimate unifier of diverse belief systems. This project paved the way for the work of later Hindu reformers, such as Vivekananda, Radhakrishnan, and Gandhi, whose teachings promoted the notion that all world religions belong to a single spiritual unity. In his study, Nicholson also critiques the way in which Eurocentric concepts--like monism and dualism, idealism and realism, theism and atheism, and orthodoxy and heterodoxy--have come to dominate modern discourses on Indian philosophy.

Medicine And Compassion

Author : Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche
ISBN : 9780861715121
Genre : Medical
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Using the teachings of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, practical advice for caregivers is offered on practicing compassion for people who are angry about their medical conditions, people who are dying, and families of those who are critically ill.

Can Humanity Change

Author : David Skitt
ISBN : 9781590300725
Genre : Philosophy
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This book is a record of a unique event: when J. Krishnamurti sat down, in 1978 and 1979, to dialogue with a group of prominent Buddhists on topics related to human consciousness. This was an especially auspicious occasion, as many people have considered Buddhism to be closest in spirit to Krishnamurti's teaching among all the religions, and because the great teacher was famous for advising his students to seek truth away from religion or conventional spiritual authority. The discussion was made even more interesting in that among the pimary participants were Walpola Rahula, the renowned Sri Lankan Buddhist scholar and author of the classic introductory text WHAT THE BUDDHA TAUGHT and the physicist David Bohm. The wide ranging discussion centers on the following topics: - Is Krishnamurti simply restating what the Buddha already said? - Is there a state of mind without the self? - What is the relationship between freedom, love, and action? - What is truth? - Is there life after death? The book also includes a section of question-and-answer material pertinent to the discussion, gathered from talks given by Krishnamurti's in other times and places.

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