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Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy

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ISBN-10: 052167008X

ISBN-13: 9780521670081

Edition: 2008

Authors: Stephen J. Laumakis

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In this clearly written undergraduate textbook, Stephen Laumakis explains the origin and development of Buddhist ideas and concepts, focusing on the philosophical ideas and arguments presented and defended by selected thinkers and sutras from various traditions. He starts with a sketch of the Buddha and the Dharma, and highlights the origins of Buddhism in India. He then considers specific details of the Dharma with special attention to Buddhist metaphysics and epistemology, and examines the development of Buddhism in China, Japan, and Tibet, concluding with the ideas of the Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh. In each chapter he includes explanations of key terms and teachings, excerpts from primary source materials, and presentations of the arguments for each position. His book will be an invaluable guide for all who are interested in this rich and vibrant philosophy.
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Book details

List price: $44.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/21/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 300
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

Stephen J. Laumakis is Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of St Thomas, St Paul.

Acknowledgments
Epigraph
Preface
A sketch of the Buddha and the Dhamma
The life of Siddhattha Gotama
The contexts for the emergence of Buddhism
The basic teachings of the Buddha
One Buddhism or many Buddhisms?
Details of the Dhamma
Kamma, Samsara, and rebirth
Interdependent arising
Impermanence, no-enduring-self, and emptiness
Moksa and Nibbana
Development of the Dhamma/Dharma
Bodhidharma's and Huineng's Buddhisms
Pure Land Buddhism
Tibetan Buddhism
Two forms of contemporary Buddhism
Glossary
Bibliography
Index