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To See the Buddha: A Philosopher's Quest for the Meaning of Emptiness
By: Eckel, Malcolm David

To See the Buddha, Malcolm David

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Author: Eckel, Malcolm David
ISBN: 9780691037738

Product Code: 11375

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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

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 The Story of the Asuras' Cave 11
Ch. 2 The Structure of Bhavaviveka's Thought 22
Philosophy as a Cognitive Quest 23
The Three-Part Structure of Bhavaviveka's Argument 29
Points of Transition from One Stage in the Argument to Another 42
Bhavaviveka's Ironical Point of View 44
Ch. 3 Interpreting the Signs of the Buddha 51
Hsuan-tsang's Encounter with the Indian Landscape 51
The Buddha as a Place Where an Absence Is Present 65
Ch. 4 The Diachronic Dimension of the Buddha's Absence 73
The Buddha's Previous Vows 74
The Buddha's Manifestations 84
The Buddha's Sustaining Power 90
Ch. 5 The Synchronic Dimension of the Buddha's Absence 95
The Dharma Body 97
The Eternal Buddha 109
Ch. 6 Bhavaviveka's Theory of the Buddha 114
The Ultimate Buddha: A Negative Version of the Two-Body Theory 115
The Conventional Buddha: A Positive Version of the Two-Body Theory 122
The Three-Body Theory 125
Ch. 7 Buddhahood and the Language of the Senses 131
Hsuan-tsang's Encounter with the Pirates 131
Bhavaviveka and the Philosopher's Eyes 137
Structural Similarities Between Different Kinds of Vision 141
The Ranking of the Different Senses 147
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 Reason 153
1 The Ultimate Buddha 158
2 The Bodhisattva Path 172
3 The Conventional Buddha 189
Notes 197
Bibliography 242
Index 259

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