Download PDF by Cyrus Panjvani: Buddhism: A Philosophical Approach

By Cyrus Panjvani

ISBN-10: 155111853X

ISBN-13: 9781551118536

This booklet philosophically introduces the elemental truths, doctrines, and ideas of Buddhism. Its aim is to give an explanation for the lessons of the Buddha and of Buddhism essentially and continually. even though the e-book treads past the Buddha's lifestyles, together with into the Abhidharma and Mahayana traditions, it continues to be all through a philosophical dialogue and elaboration of the Buddha's idea. it truly is intended to be an obtainable consultant when you don't have any heritage in Buddhism, and to be helpful to the philosophical knowing of these who do.

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In short the five aggregates of grasping are suffering. (2) Now this, O monks, is the noble truth of the cause of suffering: that craving, which leads to rebirth, combined with pleasure and lust, finding pleasure here and there, namely the craving for passion, the craving for existence, the craving for non-existence. (3) Now this, O monks, is the noble truth of the cessation of pain: the cessation without a remainder of that craving, abandonment, forsaking, release, non-attachment. 1 In the First Noble Truth above, the Buddha offers several examples of suffering.

These are that suffering is pervasive and eliminable. These two elements are necessary conditions of the Buddhist conception of suffering, and will guide the analysis of this conception. First, as noted, the First Noble Truth holds that an unenlightened life is pervaded by suffering. This need not mean that all of unenlightened life, in every respect, is suffered; but it is to be read more strongly than as saying merely that some suffering is present in life. The Second Noble Truth asserts that suffering has causes and the Third Noble Truth that suffering can be eliminated by eliminating these causes.

At the behest of his father, his princely life tried to narrow the gap between desire and actual state by trying to satisfy his desires. In his ascetic life, he sought to narrow this gap by trying to satisfy his desires as little as possible, and thereby to rid himself of desires as much as possible. The Middle Way does not fully reject this traditional view of the source of suffering. And neither does it fully reject the ascetic approach to lessening suffering by lessening desire. Rather, it seeks to refine both this view (of suffering) and this approach (of asceticism).

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