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MORE ABOUT KARMA, AND ITS SOCIAL CONTEXT
THE ANTECEDENTS OF THE KARMA DOCTRINE IN BRAHMINISM
JAIN ANTECEDENTS
THE BUDDHA’S POSITIVE VALUES: LOVE AND COMPASSION
ASSESSING THE EVIDENCE
CAUSATION AND NON-RANDOM PROCESS
COGNITION; LANGUAGE; NIRVANA
THE BUDDHA’S PRAGMATISM AND INTELLECTUAL STYLE
IS THIS BOOK TO BE BELIEVED?
NOTES
BIBLIOGRAPHY
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Gombrich, Richard F. - What the Buddha Thought (257p)

Gombrich, Richard F. - What the Buddha Thought (257p)

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This book contains much new material. Gombrich stresses the Buddha's capacity for abstraction: though he made extensive use of metaphor, he did not found his arguments upon it, as earlier thinkers had done. He ethicized and radically reinterpreted older ideas of karma and rebirth. Similarly, building on older texts, he argued for the fundamental importance of love and compassion, and analysed fire as a process which could stand as a model for every component of conscious experience. Morally, the Buddha's theory of karma provided a principle of individuation and asserted each individual's responsibility for his own destiny. To make the book completely accessible to the general reader, the author provides an introductory section of background information for easy reference.
This book contains much new material. Gombrich stresses the Buddha's capacity for abstraction: though he made extensive use of metaphor, he did not found his arguments upon it, as earlier thinkers had done. He ethicized and radically reinterpreted older ideas of karma and rebirth. Similarly, building on older texts, he argued for the fundamental importance of love and compassion, and analysed fire as a process which could stand as a model for every component of conscious experience. Morally, the Buddha's theory of karma provided a principle of individuation and asserted each individual's responsibility for his own destiny. To make the book completely accessible to the general reader, the author provides an introductory section of background information for easy reference.

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