Comparative Analysis (Bud-Conf Thinking)

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A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF THE METHODS OF This comparative analysis, which is intended to be a simplified outline, is based on the Sutra on Setting in Motion the Wheel of the Dharma and The Doctrine of the Mean ( Chung Yung [v. Trung Dung ]). I shall omit the discussion of the background information on these primary sources here because they are already discussed elsewhere in my book [Phan 2002]. First Similarity: Three Dimensional Thinking Approach Both the Buddhist method of “Middle Way” thinking and the Confucianist method of thinking by the “Mean” ( chung yung ) offer us what can be called a three-dimensional thinking approach. Why are they three-dimensional? They are three-dimensional because they contain three dimensions represented by number 1 and number 2 forming into the “two extremes” and number 3 representing the third alternative between the two extremes. The Middle Way thinking and thinking by the Mean are thus different with dualistic thinking, which can be characterized as a two-dimensional thinking method. Unlike dualistic thinking, which operates with number 1 and number two representing two extreme views of any given matter and reverts to the one-dimensional thinking level when one of the two extremes is chosen, the Middle Way thinking and thinking by the Mean operate with number 1 and number 2 representing two extreme views of any given matter and searches for the third alternative view. Example: Drinking (student’s task to apply method). Second Similarity: The Concept “Two Extremes” Both the Buddhist method of Middle Way thinking and the Confucianist method of thinking by the Mean use the concept “two extremes.” Textual Citation [Phan 2002: 60.1.1, 63.1.3] Third Similarity: The Third Option
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