By Edward Conze
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From the preface:
This e-book units out to debate and interpret the most topics of
Buddhist proposal in India.' The time isn't really but ripe for the production
of a finished educational guide, and as a minimum such
an project will require even more area than I had at my
disposal. there was no room to do justice to the limitless details
of Buddhist philosophizing, and in addition the references on the finish have
been stored short and can were increased indefinitely. The
emphasis is all over on these elements of the doctrine which appear
to me to be undoubtedly precise or major. all through i've got aimed
at furthering the knowledge, as exact from the naked knowledge,
of Buddhist pondering. it is going to were more straightforward to thread jointly a
lot of quotations, yet what might were won in ostensible
erudition may were misplaced in demonstrable perception. In presenting
Buddhist philosophy as an intelligible, believable and legitimate procedure, I
have by no means overpassed its functionality as a non secular process designed to
win emancipation from this international. As opposite to the methods of the
whole international has this Dharma been established. It teaches you not
to grab upon dharmas, however the international is wont to understand at whatever
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Extra resources for Buddhist Thought in India, Three Phases of Buddhist Philosophy
The 'restraint of the senses' attempts to cut it off even before it has reached the second stage, and prevents the mind from becoming a playing field for everything and everybody. Although the sense-stimulus is bound to run its course, it cannot enter the mind or get 'underneath one's skin'. e. to my salvation and quest for Nirvana. As soon as anything is noticed, the adverting is at once smothered by disgust and aversion, and, instead of turning towards the object, one turns away from it to Nirvana.
For, as we saw, ultimately, as far as true reality is concerned, it is quite impossible to enter into a real relation with other individuals, for the simple reason that separate selves or individuals do not really exist' Friendliness, to some extent the equivalent of Christian 'love', j' is a virtue, but not the highest of all. Wisdom alone can se[ us free. It is noteworthy that 'friendliness' is not one of the steps of the holy eightfold Path, does not figure among the seven 'limbs of enlightenment', and is not reckoned as one of the five cardinal virtues s Although friendliness takes beings as they are not, it is nevertheless useful as an antidote to hate.
A pure sense-perception, of course, rarely exists entirely by itself, and usually it is embedded in all sorts of volition° and drives. On closer analysis it will be found that the 'dominance' of sense-perceptions stems as much from instincts, and from the skandha of impulses, as from the sense-organs themselves. In order to clarify this issue, at least three levels of the apperception of stimuli must be distinguished. Three kinds of 'sign' correspond—the sign as (t) an object of attention, as (x) a basis for recognition, and as (}) an occasion for entrancement.
Buddhist Thought in India, Three Phases of Buddhist Philosophy by Edward Conze