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By David J. Kalupahana

The current paintings has, due to the fact its unique ebook in 1976, provided an unequaled advent to the philosophical ideas and historic improvement of Buddhism. Now, representing the fruits of Dr. Kalupahana's thirty years of scholarly examine the mirrored image, 'A background of Buddhist Philosophy' builds upon and surpasses that prior paintings, offering a very reconstructed, unique research of either early and later Buddhism.

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Any other interpretation of his renunciation would do violence to the charac­ ter of a person who propounded an extremely enlightened form of love and compassion for oneself as well as others. Wandering ascetics had criticized the Brahmanical tradition for several centuries before Siddhârtha began to realize its weaknesses and its unfor­ tunate impact on morality and social harmony. However, Siddhârtha was not as negative as the Materialists and Ajlvikas were toward morals as well as spirituality.

As the Buddha’s word swept across the northern part of the Indian continent and his fame as the founder of the religion spread, it was inevi­ table that his daily routine would change. Instead of his traveling about to meet people, more and more people from all walks of life visited him and sought his counsel. As a result there came to be a group of disciples, headed by Ànanda, who seem to have assumed responsibility not only for taking care of the Buddha but also for maintaining order in the con­ stant flow of people who came to see him.

19 The recognition of varying epistemological possibilities would also mean the existence of a variety of ways in which the meanings of proposi­ 18 EARLY B U D D H IS M tions could be analyzed. The later Jaina thinkers have proposed seven standpoints as guides (naya) for the determination of meanings. , “synonyms”). 20 The teleological standpoint (naigama-naya) is intended to pinpoint the goal in terms of which the meaning of a statement can be understood. ” and I were to respond, “I am writing my book on Buddhist philosophy,” my statement would make sense only in terms of what I propose to achieve, not what I am actually doing now.

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