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Philosophy and Psychology in the Abhidharma

Philosophy and Psychology in the Abhidharma
$29.00
Item Code: IDC267
Author: Herbert V. Guenther
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
Language:
Edition: 1999
ISBN: 8120807731
Pages: 282
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.8" X 5.8"
About the Book:

The study of the Abhidharma is indispensable for understanding the history of Buddhist philosophy and practice. This book gives a synoptic view of the significance of the Abhidharma as presented by the Theravadins and brought to its climax by the Vaibhasikas and Yogacara-Vijnanavadins. It analyzes the concept of Mind and its States with reference to healthy and unhealthy attitudes towards life and deals with the psychological factors and problems in Meditation which is geared to an individual's capacity and temperament.

Theories of perception, a predominant feature of Indian and Buddhist philosophies, are discussed together with the interpretation of the world on the basis of these theories as well as their critiques.

The discussion of the Path as conceived by the various schools concludes this survey of the Abhidharma. Of particular significance are the accompanying tables of the structure of mind in Buddhist philosophy.

About the Author:

HERBERT V. GUENTHER was born in 1917. He took Ph.D. degree from the universities of Munich and Vienna. In 1950, he came to India to teach at Lucknow University and, in 1958, became Head of the Department of Comparative Philosophy and Buddhist Studies at the Sanskrit University in Varanasi. He was Head of the Department of Far Eastern Studies at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada in 1964. He published translations with commentary of several books on Tibetan Buddhism, most important among them being The Life and Teaching of Naropa.

CONTENTS

PREFACE

  1. INTRODUCTION
    Abhidharma: Its Meaning and Scope

  2. MIND AND ITS STATES,br> The Importance of a Healthy Attitude
    Perception and Apperception
    Concomitant Function - Events in an Attitude I
    Concomitant Function - Events in an Attitude II
    Unhealthy Attitudes
    Conclusion

  3. MEDITATION
    Worldliness and Gestaltung
    The Differences in Temperament
    The Totalities and Meditation
    The Infinitudes
    Masteries and Freedoms
    Conclusion

  4. THE INTERPRETATION OF THE WORLD WE LIVE IN
    The World as We Perceive it
    The interpretation of the Perceived World
    Atoms and Structure
    Conclusion

  5. THE PATH
    The Way Out
    The Theravada Conception of the Path
    The Vaibhasika Conception of the Path
    The Vijnanavada Conception of the Path
    Conclusion

  6. INDEX

  7. TABLES

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