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Emptiness The Foundation of Buddhist Thought

ISBN-10: 086171511X
ISBN-13: 9780861715114
Edition: 2009
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Description: Having provided the fundamentals in its first volumes, 'The Foundations of Buddhist Thought' series now shifts its tone to give readers a true understanding of the Buddhist view of reality. This book looks at emptiness.

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Wisdom Publications
Publication date: 4/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Having provided the fundamentals in its first volumes, 'The Foundations of Buddhist Thought' series now shifts its tone to give readers a true understanding of the Buddhist view of reality. This book looks at emptiness.

Foreword
Preface
Editor's Preface
The Revolution of Selflessness
The Uniqueness of the Buddha's Concept of No-Self
The Importance of Selflessness
Selflessness in the Sutras
Did the Buddha Invent Selflessness?
Understanding Reality as It Is
Selflessness in the Three Turnings of the Dharma Wheel
The Commentaries that Deal with Emptiness
The Prerequisites for Developing an Understanding of Selflessness
The Perfection of Concentration
Calm Abiding
Cultivating Calm Abiding
The Best Object of Meditation
Mindfulness and Alertness
Insight
How Insight Is Cultivated According to Tibetan Buddhism
The Concepts of Selfhood
All Things Are No-Self
Right View Is Supramundane Insight
All Things Are No-Self
Was the Prasangika View of Selflessness Taught by the Buddha?
Levels of Selfhood
The Two Types of Emptiness
Acquired and Innate Self-Grasping
The Self as an Unchanging, Unitary, and Autonomous Entity
The Self as a Self-Sufficient, Substantial Entity
The Self as an Intrinsic Entity
Identifying the Thief
Selflessness in the Four Buddhist Schools
Selflessness in the First Three Schools
Selflessness in Svatantrika Madhyamaka
The Differences Between Svatantrika and Prasangika
The Main Differences Between The Subschools of Madhyamaka
The Difference in the Line of Reasoning
The Difference in Direct Perception
The Difference in Ultimate and Conventional Levels
The Difference in the Understanding of Dependent Origination
The Difference in Identifying the Two Obscurations
Prasangika's Unique Presentation of Emptiness
The Object of Negation
Empty of What?
Refuting the Referent Object
The Object of Ultimate Analysis
What Is Intrinsic Nature?
Some Clarification of Innate Self-Grasping
Establishing Emptiness
Lines of Reasoning
The Seven-Point Analysis
The Chariot Cannot Be Identical with Its Parts
The Self Cannot Be Identical with the Aggregates
The Chariot Cannot Be Posited as Something Separate from Its Parts
The Self Cannot Be Posited as Something Separate from the Aggregates
The Parts of the Chariot Do Not Exist Intrinsically as the Base of the Chariot
The Aggregates Do Not Exist Intrinsically as a Base of the Self
The Chariot Does Not Exist Intrinsically Dependent on Its Parts
The Self Does Not Exist Intrinsically Dependent on the Aggregates
The Chariot Does Not Possess Its Parts
The Self Does Not Possess the Aggregates in the Sense of Some Kind of Inherent Possession
The Chariot Is Not Identical with the Collection of Its Parts
The Collection of the Aggregates Cannot be Posited as the Self
The Chariot Is Not Its Shape
The Shape or Configuration of the Aggregates Cannot be Posited as the Self
Refuting the Four Possibilities of Production
The King of Reasons
How The Person and Phenomena Appear Like an Illusion
Emptiness and Dependent Arising
The Three Levels of Dependent Arising
The Impact of Dependent Arising
The Three Levels of Dependent Arising
Causal Dependency
Mutual Dependency
Merely-Labeled Dependency
Emptiness and Dependent Arising
The Merging of Emptiness and Dependent Arising
Conclusion
Appendix
Glossary
Bibliography
Notes
Index
About the Authors
The Foundation of Buddhist Thought

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