A New Buddhist Path: Enlightenment, Evolution, and Ethics in by David R. Loy

By David R. Loy

Interact with a brand new imaginative and prescient of Buddhism and the fashionable international with the bestselling writer of cash intercourse struggle Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution.

David R. Loy addresses head-on the main urgent problems with Buddhist philosophy in our time. what's the which means of enlightenment—is it an get away from the area, or is it a kind of mental therapeutic? How can one reconcile glossy clinical idea with old non secular teachings? what's our position within the universe?

Loy indicates us that neither Buddhism nor secular society on its own is enough to solution those questions. as a substitute, he investigates the unforeseen intersections of the 2. via this alternate, he uncovers a brand new Buddhist means, person who is trustworthy to the real traditions of Buddhism yet appropriate with modernity. this manner, we will see the realm because it is really is, discover our indivisibility from it, and examine that the world's difficulties are our difficulties. this can be a new direction for a brand new global.

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In the "Bussho" fascicle Dogen says, "What is the essence of the World Honored One's [Sakyamuni's] words, 'All sentient beings without exception have the Buddha-nature'? " is found in the conversation that took place at the first meeting between the sixth patriarch, Hui-neng (J. Eno, 638-713), and Nan-yiieh Huai-jang (J. Nangaku Ejo, 677-744) as recorded in the Ching-te ch'iiantong lu 0- Keitoku dentoroku), volume 5. " Nan-yiieh did not know what to answer. " is not an ordinal y question. " An interrogative "what" or "whence" is that which cannot be grasped by the hand, that which cannot be defined by the intellect; it is that which can never he objectified: it is that which one can never obtain, no matter what one does.

Like Dogen's idea of the Buddha-nature, Spinoza's idea of God is eternally infinite, absolutely self-sufficient, self-determining, and self-dependent. However, for Spinoza, the monist par excellence, the relationship between the One Substance and the multiplicity of finite beings is understood deductively. In marked contrast to this, in Dogen the relationship between Buddha-nature and all finite beings is not deductive, but nondualistic, precisely because the Buddha-nature is not One Substance.

Only when one forgets one's own self, and one's hody-mind are cast off, is self-awakening-qua-awakening-others lully realized. " II Dogen on Buddha-nature THE BUDDHIST COSMOLOGICAL STANDPOINT The aim of this essay is to discuss Dogen's idea of the Buddha-nature, which may be regarded as a characteristic example of his religious realization based on overcoming his doubt concerning Tendai thought of original awakening in terms of the doctrine of the oneness of practice and attainment. " 1 This well expresses the fundamental standpoint of Mahayana Buddhism.

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