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  1. An Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy (Cambridge Introductions to Philosophy)
    An Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy (Cambridge Introductions to Philosophy)
    An Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy (Cambridge Introductions to Philosophy)
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  2. An Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy (Cambridge Introductions to Philosophy)

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In this clearly written undergraduate textbook, Stephen Laumakis explains the origin and development of Buddhist ideas and concepts, focusing on the philosophical ideas and arguments presented and defended by selected thinkers and sutras from various traditions. He starts with a sketch of the Buddha and the Dharma, and highlights the origins of Buddhism in India. He then considers specific details of the Dharma with special attention to Buddhist metaphysics and epistemology, and examines the development of Buddhism in China, Japan, and Tibet, concluding with the ideas of the Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh. In each chapter he includes explanations of key terms and teachings, excerpts from primary source materials, and presentations of the arguments for each position. His book will be an invaluable guide for all who are interested in this rich and vibrant philosophy.

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Stephen J. Laumakis
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Much Buddhist thinking deals with topics that Westerners would categorize under philosophy. Having read a number of books on Buddhism from other perspectives, I wanted a book that described Buddhism from the perspective of Western philosophy. Being a Westerner myself, I thought it might make some Buddhist concepts easier to understand: it did.

Laumakis assumes an elementary background in Western philosophy: he expects you to know what "numerically identical" and "ontological" mean, for example. However, even if you have no background whatever, the book will be perfectly intelligible with a little cogitation. By the same token, if you do have some background in philosophy, Laumakis's treatment may seem a bit elementary (which is not the same thing as shallow). It is and holds itself out to be an introductory text.

While Laumakis does not shove his opinions down the reader's throat, he clearly believes that many tenets of Buddhism are simply correct. He covers... Read more
I found many points of assistance for my assignments. The differences of thought between major schools are well expressed yet never dismiss the expectation that the student must think deeply in order to explore and understand the issues,
Basic fundamental philosophy about Buddhism.
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