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LINGUISTIC APPROACH TO BUDDHIST THOUGHT

LINGUISTIC APPROACH TO BUDDHIST THOUGHT
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Item Code: IDC232
Author: GENJUN H. SASAKI
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd
Edition: 1992
ISBN: 8120800389
Pages: 204
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.8" X 5.7"
About the Book:

Owing to the unflagging work of scholars in many Buddhist fields, especially ontological and doctrinal, a remarkable amount has been added to our knowledge and understanding of the parts and the whole. But a large amount yet remains to be done, and many problems connected with the linguistic develipment of Buddhist concepts, and with the multitude of difficult, technical terms still await solution.

Requiring further investigation are the linguistic and philosophical points of difference which grew up or, to a lesser degree, the similarities which remained as sects split off not only from the parent body but also from one another and in doing so developed their own individual tenets. Retaining some measure of the vision of the quest, they used the words and the concepts found in the earlier teaching, though often clothing them with new or developed meanings, and not seldom working out their implications to the fullest extent.

Employing linguistics and philosophical methods the author aims to establish the connection of various terms with the Theravada on the one hand and with the multitude of meanings proffered by the Mahayana Buddhist texts on the other. To determine how such fundamental terms as nekkamma, dipa, ksanti, sat, prajna, mana, kamma, anadikalika, anatman, avidya and pratyaya were used in the two main trends of Buddhist thought, what they mainly signify there, what their special implications are, and whether their import was on the whole theoretical or practical, in itself constitutes an enormous task.

About the Author:

Dr. Genjun H. Sasaki has studied the Indian Culture and Buddhism for seven years in India, Germany and U.S.A. He was Fulbright Professor at Harvard and Visiting Professor at Hamburg University. As recipient of an Indian council grant he completed a research work on the Indian rural villages. He is the author of A Study of Time-Concept in Buddhism, A Study of Buddhist Psychology, A Study of Abhidharma Philosophy and others. He alos contributed to numerous American and European Journals in the field of Indian Philosophy. He is one of the contributors to Encyclopaedia Britannica. He lectured on Buddhism at the Osaka University, the Osaka Municipal University etc. At present he teaches the Abhidharma Philosophy at the Otani University, Kyoto.

CONTENTS
PREFACE
LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS
  1. EARLY BUDDHIST CONCEPTS
    1. The significance of Negation in Buddhism - nekkhamma and naiskarmya
    2. A Linguistic Approach to the Beginningless Circle of Life - anamatagga and anadikalika
    3. Kamma and Anatta Thought in Early Buddhism
    4. Karma and Fatalism in Modern Setting - Universal Hinduism,
      Parochial Hinduism, Harijan Castes and Theory of Fate, Karma and Principle of Activities
    5. An Analysis of Ego-Concept - mana, asmimana, atmamana
    6. The Buddha's Last Words - dipa and dvipa

  2. ABHIDHARMIC CONCEPTS
    1. The Meaning of Truth in Abhidharma Philosophy - Paramartha-sat, samvrti-sat, dravya-sat
    2. The Three Modes of Knowledge - Jnana, prajna, prajnaparamita
    3. The Time-Concept in Abhidharma Philosophy - Theravada Versus Sarvastivada, Predominance of Pratyaya
    4. Samghabhadra and Sahantabhadra - Nyayanusarasastra and Its Author
    5. The Buddhist Concept of Sin and its Purification - avidya, karma, samsara
    6. Buddhist Moral Concepts - Karma and avijnapti
    7. The Mental State of Enlightenment - anutpattidharmaksanti.
APPENDICES
  1. Zwei Lehrweise des Gotamo Buddho
  2. Indische Grundlage des japanischen Buddhismus
INDEX

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