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Rethinking the Buddha
Early Buddhist Philosophy as Meditative Perception

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  • Date Published: February 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107695382

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  • A cornerstone of Buddhist philosophy, the doctrine of the four noble truths maintains that life is replete with suffering, desire is the cause of suffering, nirvana is the end of suffering, and the way to nirvana is the eightfold noble path. Although the attribution of this seminal doctrine to the historical Buddha is ubiquitous, Rethinking the Buddha demonstrates through a careful examination of early Buddhist texts that he did not envision them in this way. Shulman traces the development of what we now call the four noble truths, which in fact originated as observations to be cultivated during deep meditation. The early texts reveal that other central Buddhist doctrines, such as dependent-origination and selflessness, similarly derived from meditative observations. This book challenges the conventional view that the Buddha's teachings represent universal themes of human existence, allowing for a fresh, compelling explanation of the Buddhist theory of liberation.

    • Redefines the seminal doctrine of the four noble truths in light of its early textual presentation and explains the teaching as a method of meditative reflection
    • Explains the early Buddhist theory of awakening for the first time
    • Explains the relation between philosophy and meditation in early Buddhism
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    • Date Published: February 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107695382
    • length: 226 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 154 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.33kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. The structural relation between philosophy and meditation
    2. A philosophy of being human
    3. Mindfulness, or how philosophy becomes perception
    4. The four noble truths as meditative perception
    5. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Eviatar Shulman, Tel Aviv University
    Eviatar Shulman is a postdoctoral Fellow at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Scholion Center. He has taught at The Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University, Ben-Gurion University and Bar-Ilan University. His articles have appeared in History of Religions, the Journal of Indian Philosophy, the Indo-Iranian Journal, and the Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies. He is the author of two books in translation, The Root Verses of the Middle Way: A Translation of Nāgārjuna's Mūla-Madhyamaka-kārikā (2010) and Ancient Buddhist Poetry (forthcoming).

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