PsycHologicAl solUtioNs to MEtAPHysicAl ProblEMs iN tHE Pryaa-vagga Eviatar Shulman Department of comparative religion and Department of Asian studies Hebrew University of Jerusalem Eviatar.firstname.lastname@example.org the understanding of early buddhist philosophy oscillates between two binary op posed interpretations. on the one hand we find a metaphysical system that hinges on the doctrine of karma and the attempt to exit sasra. Here the buddha is thought to attain a transcendence that takes place in some indescribable existential or onto logical realm. on the other hand we encounter an empirical approach that sees the buddha as a thinker who denied the credibility of metaphysical speculation and who advocated the relinquishing of philosophical positions, which is grounded in a concrete perception of impermanence and conditionality. there are also many inter mediary positions between these two extremes and various formulations of their interaction or interpenetration, which become especially compelling when they are connected to contemplative theory and practice. interestingly, these two paradigmatic approaches to early buddhist thought find relatively distinct expression in the two earliest textual collections that exist in the Pli canon. the second position is voiced by the ahaka-vagga (av), "the chapter of Eights," a text that has naturally received a
Philosophy East and West – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Apr 25, 2017
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