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Introduction & Acknowledgements
1.The Buddha in the Pali Canon
Renunciation, Self-Mortification & Enlightenment
Salient Features of the Theravada Concept of the Buddha
2.Impermanence as a Basic Fact of Existence
Arguments Adduced in the Anattalakkhaõa-sutta
Empirical Observation of Facts
Etymological & Doctrinal Meaning of the Term ‘anicca’
Impermanence: the Nature of all Component Things
Is Consciousness Soul?
3.The Concept of Dukkha in Early Buddhist Teaching
The Etymological Definition & the Exegesis
Physiological, Psychological & Doctrinal Applications of the Term
Different Kinds of Happiness
4.The Theory of Egolessness (anatta) in Early Buddhism
Monism in Indian Philosophy
The Buddhist Criticism of the Theory of Ego
Five Aggregates are Conditioned
Doctrine of Egolessness as via Media
Ignorant Worldlings Seek Ego in Individual Factors of Five Aggregates
The Totality of Five Aggregates is not Ego
The World is Empty of an Ego
5.The First Noble Truth: Suffering (dukkha sacca)
The Two Extremes are to be Avoided by a Truth-Seeker
Why are They Called ‘Noble’ & ‘Truths’?
The Dhamma is Compared to Medicine
The Therapeutic Approach
Is Buddhism Pessimistic?
6.The Second Noble Truth: Cause of Suffering (dukkhasamudaya sacca)
English & Pali Synonyms for Craving
Threefold Craving in Relation to Six Senses & Six Sense Objects
Craving as a Multi-Significant Term in Buddhist Doctrine
The Threefold Craving
Craving as the Origin of Personality & Suffering
7.The Third Noble Truth: Cessation of Suffering (dukkhanirodha sacca)
Nibbàna as the Cessation of Suffering
Nibbàna as Indefinable in Terms of Logic & Reasoning
Nibbàna in Positive or Conventional Perspective
8.The Fourth Noble Truth: Middle Path (majjhimà pañipadà)
The Noble Eightfold Path (ariyo aññhangiko maggo)
The Middle Path in Relation to Social Welfare
Buddhist Social Ethics
9.The Buddhist Theory of Dependent Origination (pañiccasamuppàda)
The Theory as the Central Doctrine of Buddhism
Synonymous Terms Used in Pali & in English
The Causal Relativity as a General Rule
The Chain of Causation
The Fact that Ignorance is not the First Cause
Inductive Inference & the Theory of Causation
10.Abodes of Beings & World Systems as Described in Buddhism
11.Freedom, Free Will & Responsi- bility in Buddhist Perspective
Philosophical Exposition of the Terms
Buddhism on Freedom, Free Will & Responsibility
12.Mind, its Nature & Function as Described in Buddhism
The Nature & Function of the Mind
The Classification of Mind in the Abhidhamma
13.Authority & Logic in Buddhism
The Kàlàma-Sutta on Authority & Logic
The Buddhist Criticism of Authority & Logic
14.Criteria of Ethical Judgement in Buddhism
Different Views on Ethical Judgement
Three Principal References
A Universal Criterion of Ethical Judgement
15.The Buddhist Analysis of Truth & Reality
The Classification of Propositions According to Truth Value
The Theory of Correspondence
The Theory of Coherence & Consistency
The Theory of Verification
The Theory of Double Truth
Empiricism in Western Philosophy
The Empiricist Tendency in Buddhism
18.Man & Society in Buddhist Perspective
A Unique Position is Ascribed to Man in Buddhism
Buddhism, Man & Society
19.Pragmatic & Utilitarian Approach in Buddhism
Scholars on Buddhist Approach
Buddhism as a Way of Practice
20.An Evaluation of Buddhism as a Philosophy & a Religion
Is Buddhism a Philosophy?
A Man for All Seasons
Black Money, Dirty Money & Easy Money
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