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Buddhism and the Emerging World Civilization: Essays in by Professor Ramakrishna Puligandla Ph.D., Professor David Lee

By Professor Ramakrishna Puligandla Ph.D., Professor David Lee Miller B.A. M.A. Ph.D.

This appealing new ebook, a milestone in Buddhist and comparative stories, is a compilation of seventeen essays celebrating the paintings and considered Nolan Pliny Jacobson.

A profoundly influenced interdisciplinary philosopher, Jacobson sought to find, make clear, and synthesize issues of similarity between major thinkers of other Oriental and Western cultures. for nearly part a century, he articulated his imaginative and prescient of an rising international civilization, one during which every body can suppose and convey their artistic, positive powers for the good thing about others in addition to for themselves.

Jacobson believed that philosophy and the works of philosophers may be understood as an essential strength enriching all civilizational adventure. His personal philosophic standpoint was once rooted within the conviction that novelty is the resource of all adventure and the guts of a creativity that lives past phrases, arguments, and rational paradigms. all through his occupation, Jacobson explored Buddhist texts and personalities, spending a lot time within the Orient, relatively Myanmar and Japan. He additionally heavily studied the works of various Western philosophers, together with Whitehead, Dewey, Peirce, James, Hartshorne, and Wieman. Jacobson believed that American philosophy and Buddhism concurred in lots of methods, with the aptitude to shape a robust foundation for the advance of a global civilization.

The essays during this quantity are geared up round Jacobson’s actions, courses, and pursuits. Authored through a magnificent choice of students, the essays are grouped into 4 sections—"Historical Context," "Central Issues," "Practical Implications," and "The Japan Emphasis." Hajime Nakamura, Charles Hartshorne, Kenneth okay. Inada, Seizo Oho, and various others talk about freedom, creativity, and Buddhism’s self-corrective nature, surroundings forth their purposes for sharing Jacobson’s rules and visions.

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When I start my car, presumably I am doing so because I want to go somewhere. The first concernthat habitual actions are rooted in desire poses no difficulty for the Buddhist, since the Buddhist does not claim that we begin without desire, only that there is no desire when the process is completed. The second concernthat the frustration of habits causes sufferingrequires a longer answer that enlarges the scope of our understanding of human action. In the foregoing I have deliberately referred to patterns of coherent human activity as habitual.

Modern Science and the Rediscovery of Buddhism Tsung-I Dow 113 11. Pratityasamutpada and Creativity Ramakrishna Puligandla 125 Page viii Part Three Practical Implications 12. The Idea of Freedom in Chan/Zen/Son Buddhism and Its Application to International Conflicts Paul F. Schmidt 139 13. One Out of Many: The Way of Creation Toward a Planetary Community Howard L. Parsons 150 Part Four The Japan Emphasis 14. Zen and the Art of Anything Hal W. French 169 15. Aesthetics of Nirvana: Nolan Pliny Jacobson on Creative Process Morgan Gibson 181 16.

16 Page 19 I emphasized the word know in the citation above to call attention to the difference between the existentialist (and neoorthodox) philosophers and theologians and a religious naturalist when it came time to give an answer to this fragmentation. The distinction is between the existentialist leap of faith (into either the wholly other or nausea) and the empirical and experiential knowing that can lead a person or a community of persons to make rational and purposive decisions. The distinction is between irrationalism and a reasoning approach to the search for the answer to the brokenness of human existence:"What men must knowIf we mean by knowledge the ability to predict what conditions will yield what consequences, we must strive to identify the conditions in the problem at hand which will deliver man from his dividedness.

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