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Early Buddhist Teachings

This volume seeks to understand early Buddhist teachings as a critical response to the binary opposition between two perennial world- views, spiritual eternalism, and materialist annihilationism.

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This volume seeks to understand early Buddhist teachings as a critical response to the binary opposition between two perennial world- views, spiritual eternalism, and materialist annihilationism. The first is the theory of the metaphysical self, a self that is distinct from the physical body. The second is the theory of the physical self, a self that is identical to the physical body. It is by keeping itself equally aloof from these two theoretical views of the self that early Buddhism becomes a “middle position”. If the doctrine of dependent arising is called the “middle doctrine”, this is because it transcends the mutual conflict between spiritual eternalism and materialist annihilationism. If the noble eightfold path is called the “middle path”, this is because, in the same manner, it transcends the mutual conflict between the two practices associated with the two theoretical views, namely, self-mortification and sensual indulgence. Both in theory and practice, therefore, early Buddhism becomes a “middle position”. It is this “middle position”, as this work attempts to show, that provides synthetic unity and thematic coherence to early Buddhist teachings.

Publisher : Buddhist Publication Society

ISBN : 978-955-24-0418-4

ISBN : 9789552404184

Pages : 210

Weight : 350g

Binding : Soft Binding

Language : English

10030274
Language
English
Publisher
Buddhist Publication Society
Author
Y Karunadasa

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