Direct seeing into the undivided nature of self and reality, mean that Zen itself cannot be
described fully just descriptions are not Zen itself.
-distrust of conceptual thoughts and words.
A Way of life of doing (over beliefs): training in the
Characteristics of Tao as ultimate reality:
-Cannot be grasped by Reason: Language necessarily categorises, and seperates things in
the world into concepts: we ordinarily view phenoemena as having separate opposites
rather than conjoined polarities
Dom. features of Indian philosophy
coming to know atman (ultimate self) ultimate reality.
Practical character - not just theoretical: evidence of validity should be gained from
experience of coming out of suffering as you follow the teachings
Tianti school 3 truths: preliminary truth (contextual)
empty truth theoretical (object lacking intrinsic nature)
middle truth perfect truth: stressed not getting bogged down in (rational) language and
meaning. Reason and language will sti
Final Exam Study Guide
Main features of Indian philosophy
1) Practical Character: through self discipline and self-control.
2) Accomplish this through self-knowledge, darshana (philosophy of life),
truth (the vision that makes possible a life without s
a Siddhartha motivation for enlightenment: experience of four signs of suffering: pain,
poverty, old age, death
b Quest: ascetic path of forrest dwellers, relinquishing all pleasures, all attachment to
c Enlightenment: sitting unde
The Nature of Things, the presence of things as they are, the here of the immediate
present is the nature of things
indicates the pre-reflective experience at the basis of all consciousness. is not an objective
description of 'the nature of thi