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Double Truth and Relativity

Double Truth and Relativity

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DOUBLE TRUTH ANDRELATIVITY 
ANKUR BARUA
The Centre of Buddhist Studies, The University of Hong Kong,Hong Kong
Corresponding address:
Dr. ANKUR BARUABLOCK EE, No. 80, Flat No. 2A,SALT LAKE CITY, SECTOR -2,KOLKATA – 700 091WEST BENGAL, INDIA Tel: +91-33-23215586Mobile: +919434485543Email: ankurbarua26@yahoo.com
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DOUBLE TRUTH ANDRELATIVITY 
 
Abstract
 The theory of the two truths is an innovation on the part of the TheravadaAbhidhamma. Here, we find the concept of the two levels of reality, the onewhich is amenable to analysis and the other which defies further analysis.
 There are some striking similarities present between Buddhist concept of Double Truth and modern scientific views related to the notion of time and space. The concept of Time is psychological and it is also considered to be an
imputedentity 
. This is because it is identified on the basis of something that is other thanitself. The whole process of cosmo-genesis according to Buddhism is catalyzed bythe actions of living beings or
Kamma
. The Theravāda concept of space is foundonly in Milindapa
ñ
ha where the only two things which are considered to beindependent of kamma or of causes or of season are namely Nibb
ā
na and space.But it carefully avoids the use of the term “unconditioned” (asańkhata) and relatesspace as neither conditioned nor unconditioned. However, In the SarvāstivādaAbhidhamma, space is elevated to the level of an unconditioned dhamma.
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Key Words:
Sammuti 
, Paññatti , Conventional,
Paramattha
, Absolute,Double Truth, Relativity, Abhidhamma, Einstein, Time, Space,Emptiness, Psychological, Nibbāna, Tathata
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