2. Introduction; Buddhist World of Meanings

2. Introduction; Buddhist World of Meanings - Buddhism, An...

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Buddhism, An Introduction Part II: Buddhist World of Meanings I) The system of the Buddha’s religious thought (see chart) II) an-ataman (non-self, non-substance) and sunya (emptiness) 1) ego as the congregation of the five aggregates ( skandha ): a) forms (material), b) perception (sensation), c) cognition (discursive thinking), d) volition (will), e) consciousness 2) pratityasamutpada (“dependent arising”) -- conditioned existence 3) “Can we walk into the same river twice?”-- the universe as a constant flux a) constant flux as a dynamic process -- neither being, nor non-being, but becoming (both being and non-being) b) permanence of the impermanence -- the unchangeable of the changes (i.e. everything is changeable, the only unchangeable is the fact that everything changes) 4) karma vis-à-vis an-ataman : acts without agent, a knotless net (a net without knots)? – actually a philosophical problem of how to demarcate the distinction between a seed and a bud that grows from the seed. => the identity of some thing is actually “superposed” by human concepts on the basis of a piece of a process (III) Dukkha – Suffering 1) a karmic result of human existence -- the predestined, inevitable and intrinsic nature of suffering
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This note was uploaded on 03/24/2012 for the course ASIA/HIST 382 taught by Professor Chenjinhua during the Spring '12 term at The University of British Columbia.

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