An Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy (Google eBook)

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 21, 2008 - Philosophy
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In this clearly written undergraduate textbook, Stephen Laumakis explains the origin and development of Buddhist ideas and concepts, focusing on the philosophical ideas and arguments presented and defended by selected thinkers and sutras from various traditions. He starts with a sketch of the Buddha and the Dharma, and highlights the origins of Buddhism in India. He then considers specific details of the Dharma with special attention to Buddhist metaphysics and epistemology, and examines the development of Buddhism in China, Japan, and Tibet, concluding with the ideas of the Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh. In each chapter he includes explanations of key terms and teachings, excerpts from primary source materials, and presentations of the arguments for each position. His book will be an invaluable guide for all who are interested in this rich and vibrant philosophy.
  

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Contents

A sketch of the Buddha and the Dhamma
1
The life of Siddhattha Gotama
3
The contexts for the emergence of Buddhism
19
The basic teachings of the Buddha
45
One Buddhism or many Buddhisms?
61
Details of the Dhamma
81
Kamma Samsara and rebirth
83
Interdependent arising
105
Development of the DhammaDharma
175
Bodhidharmas and Huinengs Buddhisms
177
Pure Land Buddhism
207
Tibetan Buddhism
229
Two forms of contemporary Buddhism
247
Glossary
265
Bibliography
277
Index
282

Impermanence noenduringself and emptiness
125
Moksa and Nibbana
149

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Page x - We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world.

About the author (2008)

Stephen J. Laumakis is Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of St Thomas, St Paul.

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