The Notion of Diṭṭhi in Theravāda Buddhism: The Point of View

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Psychology Press, 2005 - History - 257 pages
The notion of "view" or "opinion" (ditthi) as an obstacle to "seeing things as they are" is a central concept in Buddhist thought. This book considers the two ways in which the notion of views are usually understood. Are we to understand right-view as a correction of wrong-views (the opposition understanding) or is the aim of the Buddhist path the overcoming of all views, even right-view (the no-views understanding)? The author argues that neither approach is correct. Instead, he suggests that the early texts do not understand right-view as a correction of wrong-view, but as a detached order of seeing, completely different from the attitude of holding to any view, wrong or right.
Arguing that by the term "right-view" we should understand an order of seeing which transcends all views, this book makes a valuable addition to the study of Buddhist philosophy.
 

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Contents

Recent studies of the notion of ditthi
4
Propositions and ways of seeing
11
The content of rightview
41
The way wrongview functions
78
The way rightview functions
92
The transcendence of views
112
Views and nonattachment
145
Conclusion
157
Notes
173
Bibliography
246
Index
253
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Paul Fuller is currently doing research for the University of Bristol, from which he has recently received his PhD.

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