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Compassion as Our Origin: Examining a Kyoto School Approach

Compassion as Our Origin: Examining a Kyoto School Approach Rapid advancement in science and technology has brought us not only accessibility and comfort but also serious environmental problems and conflicts resulting from close interactions of people with different modes of thinking. Thus, suffering and conflicts are, in many ways, no longer confined to distant parts of the globe. As such, recently, there have been ongoing attempts to develop new approaches to philosophy focusing on compassion while nurturing awareness about our interdependent mode of existence. To that end, this article focuses primarily on recent writings on compassion by Ōhashi Ryōsuke, a contemporary Japanese philosopher in the tradition of the Kyoto School. This paper seeks to accomplish the following: (1) elucidates the inner workings of the pathos of coexistence that Ōhashi develops out of the concept of ‘emptiness,’ and (2) attempts to critically examine a view of emptiness by which Ōhashi’s compassion is supported, discerning its possibilities and limitations. Keywords: Ōhashi; Kyoto School; compassion; emptiness; Mahayana Buddhism http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Knowledge Cultures Addleton Academic Publishers

Compassion as Our Origin: Examining a Kyoto School Approach

Knowledge Cultures , Volume 10 (1): 18 – Jan 1, 2022

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Addleton Academic Publishers
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Abstract

Rapid advancement in science and technology has brought us not only accessibility and comfort but also serious environmental problems and conflicts resulting from close interactions of people with different modes of thinking. Thus, suffering and conflicts are, in many ways, no longer confined to distant parts of the globe. As such, recently, there have been ongoing attempts to develop new approaches to philosophy focusing on compassion while nurturing awareness about our interdependent mode of existence. To that end, this article focuses primarily on recent writings on compassion by Ōhashi Ryōsuke, a contemporary Japanese philosopher in the tradition of the Kyoto School. This paper seeks to accomplish the following: (1) elucidates the inner workings of the pathos of coexistence that Ōhashi develops out of the concept of ‘emptiness,’ and (2) attempts to critically examine a view of emptiness by which Ōhashi’s compassion is supported, discerning its possibilities and limitations. Keywords: Ōhashi; Kyoto School; compassion; emptiness; Mahayana Buddhism

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Knowledge CulturesAddleton Academic Publishers

Published: Jan 1, 2022

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