On Being Mindless: Buddhist Meditation and The Mind Body Problem

Paul J. Griffiths

Verlag: Sri Satguru Publications, 1999
ISBN 10: 817030606X / ISBN 13: 9788170306061
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Indian Buddhist philosophers say that it is possible to achieve, by specific meditational techniques, a distinctive `altered state, which they call `the attainment of cessation.` In this state, the stream of mental Events is temporarily brought to a complete halt : The practitioner becomes mindless. The possibility and desirability of such an altered state was extensively discussed by Buddhist thinkers in India. In these discussions, they were compelled to consider the causal connections between the mental and the physical, and thus to clarify their positions on what in the West has usually been called the mind-body problem. On Being Mindless presents these discussions to an English speaking readership for the first time, including analysis and translation of Texts not previously available in English and, in some cases, of material not available in any Western language. Opposing fashionably relativistic approaches to non-Western Philosophical traditions, Paul Griffiths critically comments upon the analyses of mindlessness given by Buddhist thinkers. He maintains that "the functions, nature, and Limits rationality are conceived similarly in all cultures" and rejects "that humility which, all too often in those Western Academic circles where the Study of Buddhist thought is carried on, refuses to take its material with philosophical seriousness." On Being Mindless is a study in cross-cultural philosophy, which should do much to increase awareness among Western scholars of the precision and subtlety of Indian philosophical thinking. It may also encourage Western philosophers to look beyond the barriers of their own culture and Language for serious philosophical analysis. Contents: On Being Mindless Introduction Chap. I : THE ATTAINMENT OF CESSATION IN THE Theravada Tradition : 1. The Theravada Tradition 2. The Nature of the Attainment of Cessation 3. Methods of Reaching the Attainment of Cessation : i. Soteriological Methods and Soteriological Goals ii. Obtaining Cessation : The Basic Unit of Tradition iii. Contextual Analysis 4. Evaluations of the Attainment of Cessation 5. Debates on Emerging from the Attainment of Cessation Chap. II : THE ATTAINMENT OF CESSATION IN THE VAIBHASIKA TRADITION : 1. The Vaibhasika Tradition 2. The Significance of the Treasury of Metaphysics 3. The Attainment of Cessation in the Treasury of Metaphysics and Its Commentaries : i. The Vaibhasika Position ii. The Sautrantika Position iii. The Debate between Vasumitra and Ghosaka 4. Critique of the Positions Chap. III : THE ATTAINMENT OF CESSATION IN THE Yogacara TRADITION : 1. The Yogacara Tradition: History and Texts 2. The Yogacara Tradition: Key Philosophical Ideas : i. Ontology : Representation and Mind ii. The Functioning of Mind iii. The Store-Consciousness 3. The Eightfold Proof of the Store-Consciousness : i. The Impossibility of Appropriating a New Body ii. The Impossibility of Origination and Simultaneous functioning of the Sense-Consciousness iii. The Impossibility of Clear Mental Consciousness iv. The Impossibility of Mutual Seeding v. The Impossibility of Action vi. The Impossibility of Physical Experience vii. The Impossibility of Mindless Attainments viii. The Impossibility of Death 4. Critique of the Yogacara Position Chap. IV : THE ATTAINMENT OF CESSATION AND THE MIND-BODY PROBLEM Printed Pages: 242. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 37995

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Titel: On Being Mindless: Buddhist Meditation and ...
Verlag: Sri Satguru Publications
Erscheinungsdatum: 1999
Einband: Hardcover
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