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In this clear, concise account, Siderits makes the Buddhist tradition accessible to a Western audience, offering generous selections from the canonical Buddhist. Siderits shows the grace of a wonderful teacher and hits exactly the right tone for his intended audiences. [He] moves easily between the Buddhist schools of. Buddhism as Philosophy has ratings and 21 reviews. the gift said: this is a book i have had for years, i read now, in chapter reads a day each, but n.

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Buddhism as Philosophy : An Introduction

I love that Siderits shows respect for the traditions and provides the exemplary model of what critical thinking siderist, by prodding the reader to think for herself as to whether the arguments offered hold up, what questions are left unresolved and where further investigation is warranted.

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Buddhism as Philosophy fills that void. Jun 12, Ted rated it really liked it. Read more Read less. Buddhist practitioners would do themselves a favor by reading this as well, as it budduism just that respectful questioning so rarely seen within the Buddhist sanghas.

Hence the claim that we are obligated to prevent only our own suffering lacks ultimate grounding – 7: Still gets three stars because the first half of the book dealing with early Sideritss philosophy was very clear and the whole book contained long excerpts from sutras and commentaries. The food must exist in itself. Buddhist Thought in India: TL;DR It’s amazing, especially the early buddhism chapters and you will learn a lot about difficult to grasp subjects.


I have been teaching Buddhism as philosophy for twenty years, during which time I searched diligently for a volume like this, so I am very happy that it is finally showed up. Sign in Create an account. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Other editions – View all Buddhism as Philosophy: We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.

And, oh yeah, it’s about Buddhism too!!

Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Selfish desire prevents us from attaining liberation – 3: There has been a recent upsurge in interest in Buddhist philosophy, but there is as yet no satisfactory text on the subject.

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This is especially evident in the chapters regarding emptiness. A great introduction to Buddhist philosophy. Unlike other texts that sideits to introduce Buddhist thought, it is written by a philosopher and it shows how the Buddhist tradition deals One is to sideritx that training oneself to not desire anything is a way to obtain liberation.

The later sections tend to repeat some of the same stuff and go into not so relevant details. All feelings and perceptions and consciousness are all explained eventually through complex physical interactions. Christopher Wheeler rated it liked it Feb 03, Write a customer review.

Wholes and parts are not real: Namely, “anatta” the absence of selfhoodkarma, and reincarnation have been particularly stubborn concepts for me to get my Western mind around.


: Buddhism as Philosophy: An Introduction (): Mark Siderits: Books

And he models a rigorous philosophical bkddhism in his discussion, building an argument before sometimes dissembling that argument, and then drawing some tentative conclusions.

Felipe Angel rated it it was amazing Mar 25, Favoring a semantic interpretation of emptiness which says there is no ultimate truth as opposed to the buddhizm interpretation which says that nothing can be said of ultimate truth that is ultimately true including this statemen It was going fairly well until I got to the chapters on Yogacara and Madhyamaka.


Only one of the four possible cases must be real: Rebirth and Karma Another tenet of Buddhism is the one of transmigration.

Open Preview See a Problem? My library Help Advanced Book Search. Interesting look at the fundamental ideas and whether they hold up to scrutiny. Learning from Chinese Philosophies Karyn Lai. The so-called exhaustiveness claim states that these are the only entities forming a human being: Siderits shows the grace of a wonderful teacher and hits exactly the right tone for his intended audiences.

This is frustrating at times; Siderits goes out of his way to ignore the more colorful aspects of the texts he describes, including some extraordinary attempts to suggest that they can be read without com As another reviewer says, this might better be called “The Analytic Philosophy of Buddhism. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Siderits does a much better job, in my opinion, than Jay Garfield explaining phiilosophy Buddhist texts.

Jul 24, Malvin rated it liked it. Roos rated it it was amazing Nov 06, Buddhism as Philosophy Mark Siderits. The Path of Evolution.

This limited the utility of the book. For those who dismiss this book with breath-taking nonchalance, please note the title. This volume provides students with the opportunity to wrestle with the richness and complexity of the primary sources.

I got the feeling that a lot of the concepts byddhism presented were written in an overly complex manner.