Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address info@exoticindia.com.

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Your Cart (0)
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
Books > History > Rationality and Mind in Early Buddhism
Displaying 757 of 4955         Previous  |  NextSubscribe to our newsletter and discounts
Rationality and Mind in Early Buddhism
Pages from the book
Rationality and Mind in Early Buddhism
Look Inside the Book
Description
About the Book

Here is a study of rationality and mind based on the earliest recorded stratum of Buddhism, the pali Nikayas. The author makes a distinction between what can be said from within the context of the Buddhist texts themselves and what can be spoken of from the point of View of contemporary philosophy of religion.

Insights from philosophy of religion are employed to elucidate the texts without any overall imposition of any foreign 'ism' onto Buddhism. An attempt to understand something of the nature of religion by paying attention to one particular religion marks the philosophical side of the work. Combined with attention to the Pali texts, the approach which emerges is contextual and critically philosophical. The author is at once sympathetic to Early Buddhism as a system of religious belief and attentive to its philosophical dificultuies.

The volume is primarily addressed to students of Buddhism. Scholars and researchers in the field of philosophical and religious studies will also find it interesting.

About the Author

Frank J. Hoffman, Ph. D. (London), is Associate Professor in the Dept. of Philosophy at West Chester University and Visiting Scholar in the Dept. of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at University of Pennsylvania. He is author of Rationlity and Mind in Early Buddhism (Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass. 1987, 1992, 2002) and, with Bhikkhu Mahinda Deegallee, co-editor of Pali Buddhism (Richmond, Surrey: Curzon Press, 1996). Dr. Hoffman has lectured in Hawaii, England, Germany, Japan, India, and China. A frequent panellist at conferences, Prof. Hoffman's book chapters, articles and reviews appear in several notable publications. He is a Series Editor with Greenwood Press (CT), serves on the advisory Editorial Board of the British journal, Asian Philosophy, and is a Director of the Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium. In 1999, he taught Philosophy at the University of Madras in Chennai, India, on a Rotary Grant for University Teachers.

Foreword

Dr Hoffman has at his disposal an unusual combination of talents and resources. There are few scholars of Buddhism who have a competence and training in Western Philosophical techniques and there are even fewer whose primary background is in Western philosophy who can cope with, let alone discuss, texts in Pali. Frank Hoffman is one of that select band as this book demonstrates. The importance of dialogue between East and West is unquestionable. What is more difficult to achieve is dialogue in depth and with sensitivity. This book achieves precisely that and I commend it warmly.

Preface

'Early Buddhism' is understood in this work as 'the Buddhism of the five Nikiiyas', Chapter 1 outlines a method of approach to the study of early Buddhism which is on the interface between Philosophy and Buddhology, but the use of philosophy is not seen as a wholesale imposition of a type of thought as a mold to be set on the Buddhist texts. Instead, attention to Pali language and to. some problems of philosophical interest is regarded as jointly useful in making a conceptual map of part of the early Buddhist terrain, and in vigilance for applicable internal and external criticisms.

After arguing against considerations of methodological, logical, and emotive points (in Chapters J, 2 and 3 respectively) which seek to eliminate inquiry by asserting that early Buddhism is unintelligible or perversely pessimistic, the next three chapters discuss mind. In Ch. 4 a discussion of the terms cilia, mano, and vinnana is given in section I, and in section If the problem of the compatibility of the 'no soul doctrine' and rebirth, and the problem of the reidentification of persons is discussed. The problem of reidentifying persons across lifetimes cannot be dispelled by appeal to the Buddhist empiricism thesis (Ch. 5). But in rejecting the Buddhist empiricism thesis it is not being suggested that parinibbdna is a 'transcendent state', since (with light from Buddhist texts and contemporary philosophy of religion) parinibbana may be understood as 'eternal life' rather than 'endless life' in a way which does not conflict with the 'no soul doctrine'.

The present work is a revised version of my Ph.D. dissertation in the University of London, King's College (1981). Without the Tutorial Studentship in Philosophy of Religion (1979-1981), the dissertation on which this book is based probably would never have been completed. I am therefore grateful to those who provided the award, especially to my supervisor, Professor Stewart R. Sutherland, then Chair of the Department of the History and Philosophy of Religion and now College Principal. One could not hope for a better blend of criticism and kindness in a dissertation supervisor. I would like also to thank my internal examiner in the University of London, Rev. Dr. Michael Simpson (Heythrop Coolege), and my external examiner from the University of Oxford, Professor Richard: Gombrich (Balliol College), for their criticisms and advice. Doing so dies not imply, however, that this three-man dissertation committee subscribes to the views presented herein, for which I alone am responsible.

Several scholrs of South Asia at the University of Hawaii deserve mention for the outstanding teaching which stimulated and maintained my interest as a graduae student there, especially Profs. Eliot Deutsch, David J. Kalupahana, Prithwish Neogy, Rama Nath Sharma and K. N. Upadhyaya. I must acknowledge the generous assistance of the Department of Philosophy and the Asian Studies Program for teaching assistantships and of the East-West Center for a grant, all of which enabled me to do preparatory studies prior to writing this work.

Finally I would like to thank Mrs. Jean Klemence for outstanding editorial assistance, and the Research and Special Projects Comittee of the university of Montevallo, for a grant Provided by the University.

Contents

Foreword by Prof. Stewart R. Sutherlandix
Prefacexi
Chapter OneUnderstanding Early Buddhism1
Chapter TwoRationality and Logic11
Chapter ThreeRationality and Pessimism27
Chapter FourMind and Rebirth47
Chapter FiveMind and Verification79
Chapter SixThe Deathless (Amata)103
Selected Bibliography119
Index125

Sample Pages









Rationality and Mind in Early Buddhism

Item Code:
NAM775
Cover:
Paperback
Edition:
2002
ISBN:
9788120819276
Language:
English
Size:
8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
Pages:
136
Other Details:
Weight of the Book: 390 gms
Price:
$15.00
Discounted:
$12.00   Shipping Free
You Save:
$3.00 (20%)
Look Inside the Book
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
Rationality and Mind in Early Buddhism

Verify the characters on the left

From:
Edit     
You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 760 times since 30th Sep, 2016
About the Book

Here is a study of rationality and mind based on the earliest recorded stratum of Buddhism, the pali Nikayas. The author makes a distinction between what can be said from within the context of the Buddhist texts themselves and what can be spoken of from the point of View of contemporary philosophy of religion.

Insights from philosophy of religion are employed to elucidate the texts without any overall imposition of any foreign 'ism' onto Buddhism. An attempt to understand something of the nature of religion by paying attention to one particular religion marks the philosophical side of the work. Combined with attention to the Pali texts, the approach which emerges is contextual and critically philosophical. The author is at once sympathetic to Early Buddhism as a system of religious belief and attentive to its philosophical dificultuies.

The volume is primarily addressed to students of Buddhism. Scholars and researchers in the field of philosophical and religious studies will also find it interesting.

About the Author

Frank J. Hoffman, Ph. D. (London), is Associate Professor in the Dept. of Philosophy at West Chester University and Visiting Scholar in the Dept. of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at University of Pennsylvania. He is author of Rationlity and Mind in Early Buddhism (Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass. 1987, 1992, 2002) and, with Bhikkhu Mahinda Deegallee, co-editor of Pali Buddhism (Richmond, Surrey: Curzon Press, 1996). Dr. Hoffman has lectured in Hawaii, England, Germany, Japan, India, and China. A frequent panellist at conferences, Prof. Hoffman's book chapters, articles and reviews appear in several notable publications. He is a Series Editor with Greenwood Press (CT), serves on the advisory Editorial Board of the British journal, Asian Philosophy, and is a Director of the Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium. In 1999, he taught Philosophy at the University of Madras in Chennai, India, on a Rotary Grant for University Teachers.

Foreword

Dr Hoffman has at his disposal an unusual combination of talents and resources. There are few scholars of Buddhism who have a competence and training in Western Philosophical techniques and there are even fewer whose primary background is in Western philosophy who can cope with, let alone discuss, texts in Pali. Frank Hoffman is one of that select band as this book demonstrates. The importance of dialogue between East and West is unquestionable. What is more difficult to achieve is dialogue in depth and with sensitivity. This book achieves precisely that and I commend it warmly.

Preface

'Early Buddhism' is understood in this work as 'the Buddhism of the five Nikiiyas', Chapter 1 outlines a method of approach to the study of early Buddhism which is on the interface between Philosophy and Buddhology, but the use of philosophy is not seen as a wholesale imposition of a type of thought as a mold to be set on the Buddhist texts. Instead, attention to Pali language and to. some problems of philosophical interest is regarded as jointly useful in making a conceptual map of part of the early Buddhist terrain, and in vigilance for applicable internal and external criticisms.

After arguing against considerations of methodological, logical, and emotive points (in Chapters J, 2 and 3 respectively) which seek to eliminate inquiry by asserting that early Buddhism is unintelligible or perversely pessimistic, the next three chapters discuss mind. In Ch. 4 a discussion of the terms cilia, mano, and vinnana is given in section I, and in section If the problem of the compatibility of the 'no soul doctrine' and rebirth, and the problem of the reidentification of persons is discussed. The problem of reidentifying persons across lifetimes cannot be dispelled by appeal to the Buddhist empiricism thesis (Ch. 5). But in rejecting the Buddhist empiricism thesis it is not being suggested that parinibbdna is a 'transcendent state', since (with light from Buddhist texts and contemporary philosophy of religion) parinibbana may be understood as 'eternal life' rather than 'endless life' in a way which does not conflict with the 'no soul doctrine'.

The present work is a revised version of my Ph.D. dissertation in the University of London, King's College (1981). Without the Tutorial Studentship in Philosophy of Religion (1979-1981), the dissertation on which this book is based probably would never have been completed. I am therefore grateful to those who provided the award, especially to my supervisor, Professor Stewart R. Sutherland, then Chair of the Department of the History and Philosophy of Religion and now College Principal. One could not hope for a better blend of criticism and kindness in a dissertation supervisor. I would like also to thank my internal examiner in the University of London, Rev. Dr. Michael Simpson (Heythrop Coolege), and my external examiner from the University of Oxford, Professor Richard: Gombrich (Balliol College), for their criticisms and advice. Doing so dies not imply, however, that this three-man dissertation committee subscribes to the views presented herein, for which I alone am responsible.

Several scholrs of South Asia at the University of Hawaii deserve mention for the outstanding teaching which stimulated and maintained my interest as a graduae student there, especially Profs. Eliot Deutsch, David J. Kalupahana, Prithwish Neogy, Rama Nath Sharma and K. N. Upadhyaya. I must acknowledge the generous assistance of the Department of Philosophy and the Asian Studies Program for teaching assistantships and of the East-West Center for a grant, all of which enabled me to do preparatory studies prior to writing this work.

Finally I would like to thank Mrs. Jean Klemence for outstanding editorial assistance, and the Research and Special Projects Comittee of the university of Montevallo, for a grant Provided by the University.

Contents

Foreword by Prof. Stewart R. Sutherlandix
Prefacexi
Chapter OneUnderstanding Early Buddhism1
Chapter TwoRationality and Logic11
Chapter ThreeRationality and Pessimism27
Chapter FourMind and Rebirth47
Chapter FiveMind and Verification79
Chapter SixThe Deathless (Amata)103
Selected Bibliography119
Index125

Sample Pages









Post a Comment
 
Post Review
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy

Related Items

On Being Mindless: Buddhist Meditation and the Mind-Body Problem
by Paul J. Griffiths
Hardcover (Edition: 1919)
Sri Satguru Publications
Item Code: NAC769
$25.00$20.00
You save: $5.00 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Ocean Of Eloquence (Tsong Kha pa’s Commentary On The Yogacara Doctrine Of Mind)
by Gareth Sparham
Hardcover (Edition: 1995)
Sri Satguru Publications
Item Code: NAD889
$33.50$26.80
You save: $6.70 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Let go, Move on (Between Ignorance and Enlightenment)
Item Code: NAN919
$20.00$16.00
You save: $4.00 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Meditation Differently
Item Code: IDC246
$33.50$26.80
You save: $6.70 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Buddhist Critical Spirituality: Prajna and Sunyata
Item Code: IDC129
$55.00$44.00
You save: $11.00 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Science and Golden Ratios in Mandala Architecture
by Rekha Rao
Hardcover (Edition: 2011)
D. K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Item Code: NAC641
$40.00$32.00
You save: $8.00 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
SUNYA PURUSA Bauddha Vaisnavism of Orissa
by Tandra Patnaik
Hardcover (Edition: 2005)
D. K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Item Code: IDF142
$27.50$22.00
You save: $5.50 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Buddhist Ethics in Impermanence
Item Code: NAE705
$30.00$24.00
You save: $6.00 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Early Buddhist Theory of Knowledge
Item Code: IHL103
$40.00$32.00
You save: $8.00 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Beyond Eternity Through Mysticism
Item Code: IDL140
$30.00$24.00
You save: $6.00 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Principles of Buddhist Tantra (A Discourse on Cittavisuddhi-prakarana of Aryadeva)
Item Code: IDK434
$42.50$34.00
You save: $8.50 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Abhidhamma Principles in the Theory and Practice of Meditation
by Prof. Rahul Banerjee
Hardcover (Edition: 2012)
Maha Bodhi Book Agency
Item Code: NAN008
$25.00$20.00
You save: $5.00 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Vajra Yogini
by Sumati Arya
Paperback (Edition: 2002)
Rajasthan Patrika
Item Code: NAC836
$38.00$30.40
You save: $7.60 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Nagarjuna Revisited (Some Recent Interpretations of His Madhyamaka Philosophy)
Item Code: NAM660
$65.00$52.00
You save: $13.00 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now

Testimonials

I have been buying from Exotic India for years and am always pleased and excited to receive my packages. Thanks for the quality products.
Delia, USA
As ever, brilliant price and service.
Howard, UK.
The best and fastest service worldwide - I am in Australia and I put in a big order of books (14 items) on a Wednesday; it was sent on Friday and arrived at my doorstep early on Monday morning - amazing! All very securely packed in a very strong cardboard box. I have bought several times from Exotic India and the service is always exceptionally good. THANK YOU and NAMASTE!
Charles (Rudra)
I just wanted to say that this is I think my 3rd (big) order from you, and the last two times I received immaculate service, the books arrived well and it has been a very pleasant experience. Just wanted to say thanks for your efficient service.
Shantala, Belgium
Thank you so much EXOTIC INDIA for the wonderfull packaging!! I received my order today and it was gift wrapped with so much love and taste in a beautiful golden gift wrap and everything was neat and beautifully packed. Also my order came very fast... i am impressed! Besides selling fantastic items, you provide an exceptional customer service and i will surely purchase again from you! I am very glad and happy :) Thank you, Salma
Salma, Canada.
Artwork received today. Very pleased both with the product quality and speed of delivery. Many thanks for your help.
Carl, UK.
I wanted to let you know how happy we are with our framed pieces of Shree Durga and Shree Kali. Thank you and thank your framers for us. By the way, this month we offered a Puja and Yagna to the Ardhanarishwara murti we purchased from you last November. The Brahmin priest, Shree Vivek Godbol, who was visiting LA preformed the rites. He really loved our murti and thought it very paka. I am so happy to have found your site , it is very paka and trustworthy. Plus such great packing and quick shipping. Thanks for your service Vipin, it is a pleasure.
Gina, USA
My marble statue of Durga arrived today in perfect condition, it's such a beautiful statue. Thanks again for giving me a discount on it, I'm always very pleased with the items I order from you. You always have the best quality items.
Charles, Tennessee
Jay Shree Krishna Shrimud Bhagavatam Mahapurana in Sanskrat Parayana is very very thankful to you we are so gratefully to your seva
Mrs. Darbar, UK.
Its a very efficient website and questions queries are responded promptly. very reliable website. Thank you.
Kailash, Australia.
TRUSTe
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2017 © Exotic India