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By Stephen J. Laumakis

During this essentially written undergraduate textbook, Stephen Laumakis explains the starting place and improvement of Buddhist principles and ideas, concentrating on the philosophical principles and arguments provided and defended by way of chosen thinkers and sutras from a variety of traditions. He begins with a cartoon of the Buddha and the Dharma, and highlights the origins of Buddhism in India. He then considers particular information of the Dharma with specific consciousness to Buddhist metaphysics and epistemology, and examines the advance of Buddhism in China, Japan, and Tibet, concluding with the information of the Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh. In each one bankruptcy he comprises motives of keywords and teachings, excerpts from basic resource fabrics, and displays of the arguments for every place. His publication can be a useful advisor for all who're attracted to this wealthy and colourful philosophy.

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Discreet, self-contained, independently existing units or beings or substances) in the ordinary sense of that word. They literally are or at least minimally ought to be thought to be, instead, events or processes or happenings that causally interact with other ‘‘events’’ or ‘‘processes’’ or ‘‘happenings’’ in the same ways that the Mississippi river is a happening, or members of a community interacting 2 Armstrong (2001), Carrithers (1983), Kalupahana and Kalupahana (1982), Nanamoli (1972), Rahula (1974), and Strong (2001).

Brahman of the Upanishads), a delineation of the details of the varna/ color and social caste systems, and the enumeration of the stages of life, and the various possible aims of individual lives. It also contained more serious The contexts for the emergence of Buddhism and sustained philosophical reflection, and, in fact, vigorous disagreement over the possible outcomes of the cyclical nature of birth–life–death as well as the notions of rebirth and the prospects of release or liberation from this cosmic cycle.

23 24 A sketch of the Buddha and the Dhamma employ as a heuristic to help present and explain the conceptual and historical context for the emergence of Buddhism. 6 As far as Indian thought is concerned, I have already indicated that India had a rich history of ‘‘philosophical’’ and ‘‘religious’’ debate about the purpose and meaning of life and the fundamental nature of reality. In fact, I have suggested that one way of considering the basic elements of classical Indian thought is to think of them as the intellectual products or insights of a series of transitions in the ‘‘Indian Way’’ of encountering or viewing reality.

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