Skillful Means: The Heart of Buddhist Compassion - Monographs of the Society for Asian & Comparative Philosophy 18 (Paperback)John W. Schroeder (author)
Paperback 200 Pages / Published: 30/01/1994
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This title analyzes one of the most important ideas in Buddhist philosophy: the doctrine of "skillful means." It presents an analysis of a familiar subject, thus providing a way of understanding Buddhist thought. It argues that Buddhism is best understood as a philosophy of practice - or a "metapraxis" - and that terms such as "emptiness," "non-self," and "nirvana" refer less to metaphysical principles than to skillful teachings that help people cultivate compassion and mindfulness. Each section of the book focuses on a debate over philosophical justification and the problem of trying to establish a fixed doctrine in Buddhism and reveals an on-going debate that is central to the various Buddhist traditions throughout Asia.
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 318 g
Dimensions: 235 x 152 x 13 mm
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