Buddhist philosophy and psychology

♦ Nāgārjuna on “cause” and “condition”: pars destruens (1)

As far as the causal and conditional dependence between effect and cause is concerned, we have to note that the conception of svabhāvaḥ, and consequently of parabhāvaḥ (as a preliminary discussion see A brief note on the distinction between “cause” and “condition” in early Buddhism), during Nāgārjuna’s times had developed some problematic aspects, which Nāgārjuna… Continue reading ♦ Nāgārjuna on “cause” and “condition”: pars destruens (1)

Buddhist philosophy and psychology

♦ A brief note on the distinction between “cause” and “condition” in early Buddhism

When we speak of “relation” in Buddhism, we mainly refer to what in Pāli language is called paṭicca-samuppādo, in Sanskrit pratītya-samutpādaḥ, and in Tibetan rten cing ’brel bar ’byung ba (or, in short, rten ’brel). The term pratītya-samutpādaḥ litterally means «conditioned co-production» or «dependent co-origination», and indicates the particular nature of the relation existing among… Continue reading ♦ A brief note on the distinction between “cause” and “condition” in early Buddhism

books

♦ Self and No-Self

Book review: Self and No-Self, Continuing the Dialogue Between Buddhism and Psychotherapy, by Dale Mathers, Melvin E. Miller, Osamu Ando, Routledge, Oxon/New York 2009, pp. 256, ISBN 978-0-415-43606-9, £22.99 (Paperback) £60.00 (Hardback) From the editor book profile: About the Book This collection explores the growing interface between Eastern and Western concepts of what it is to be human… Continue reading ♦ Self and No-Self

books · Cārvāka/Lokāyata

♦ Studies on the Cārvāka/Lokāyata

Book review: Studies on the Cārvāka/Lokāyata, by Ramkrishna Bhattacharya, Società Editrice Fiorentina/Manohar, Firenze 2009, pp. 254 ISBN 978-88-6032-113-8, € 28,00 (view editor book profile). ▪ The Preface of the book: «I started writing on the Cārvāka, the most uncompromising materialist school of philosophy in ancient India, from 1995 and have continued to work on its different aspects.… Continue reading ♦ Studies on the Cārvāka/Lokāyata

Buddhist philosophy and psychology · indica lingua

♦ manas and saññā: the non-meditative recognition of the impermanent and the not-self

The activity of saññā can be distinguished according to two acceptations, that is, in a “normal” state of consciousness and, in a state of meditation.1 Generally, compounds like anicca-saññā, «saññā concerning to what is impermanent»,2 anatta-saññā, «saññā concerning not-self»,3 etc. are used in passages in which the meditative aspect of saññā is involved but, of… Continue reading ♦ manas and saññā: the non-meditative recognition of the impermanent and the not-self