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  To See the Buddha
By: Eckel, Malcolm David

To See the Buddha, Malcolm David


 
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Author: Eckel, Malcolm David
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A Philosopher's Quest for the Meaning of Emptiness
Malcolm David Eckel takes us on a contemporary quest to discover the essential meaning behind the Buddha's many representations. Eckel's bold thesis proposes that the proper understanding of Buddhist philosophy must be thoroughly religious - an understanding revealed in Eckel's new translation of the philosopher Bhavaviveka's major work, The Flame of Reason . Eckel shows that the dimensions of early Indian Buddhism - popular art, conventional piety, and critical philosophy - all work together to express the same religious yearning for the fullness of emptiness that Buddha conveys.
To See the Buddha, Malcolm David Eckel, Princeton University Press, 262 pages, $42.00
Abbreviations
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Ch. 1The Story of the Asuras' Cave11
Ch. 2The Structure of Bhavaviveka's Thought22
Philosophy as a Cognitive Quest23
The Three-Part Structure of Bhavaviveka's Argument29
Points of Transition from One Stage in the Argument to Another42
Bhavaviveka's Ironical Point of View44
Ch. 3Interpreting the Signs of the Buddha51
Hsuan-tsang's Encounter with the Indian Landscape51
The Buddha as a Place Where an Absence Is Present65
Ch. 4The Diachronic Dimension of the Buddha's Absence73
The Buddha's Previous Vows74
The Buddha's Manifestations84
The Buddha's Sustaining Power90
Ch. 5The Synchronic Dimension of the Buddha's Absence95
The Dharma Body97
The Eternal Buddha109
Ch. 6Bhavaviveka's Theory of the Buddha114
The Ultimate Buddha: A Negative Version of the Two-Body Theory115
The Conventional Buddha: A Positive Version of the Two-Body Theory122
The Three-Body Theory125
Ch. 7Buddhahood and the Language of the Senses131
Hsuan-tsang's Encounter with the Pirates131
Bhavaviveka and the Philosopher's Eyes137
Structural Similarities Between Different Kinds of Vision141
The Ranking of the Different Senses147
Translation: Bhavaviveka's Account of the Buddha in Chapter III of The Verses on the Essence of the Middle Way with the Commentary in The Flame of Reason153
1The Ultimate Buddha158
2The Bodhisattva Path172
3The Conventional Buddha189
Notes197
Bibliography242
Index259

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