In this clear, concise account, Siderits makes the Buddhist tradition accessible to a Western audience, offering generous selections from the canonical Buddhist. Siderits shows the grace of a wonderful teacher and hits exactly the right tone for his intended audiences. [He] moves easily between the Buddhist schools of. Buddhism as Philosophy has ratings and 21 reviews. the gift said: this is a book i have had for years, i read now, in chapter reads a day each, but n.

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Here are my reading notes. A must-read for all serious students of Buddhist philosophy. Camille Rullan rated it really liked it Jul 17, It also shows the great diversity and disagreements of Buddhist schools of thought, which is refreshing in its refusal to homogenize “Eastern” philosophy. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

Namely, “anatta” the absence of selfhoodkarma, and reincarnation have been particularly stubborn concepts for me to get my Western mind around. He gives very charitable readings of counterarguments and makes sure all sides of every debate are shown well. I love that Siderits shows respect for the traditions and provides the exemplary model of what critical thinking is, by prodding the reader to think for herself as to whether the arguments offered hold up, what questions are left unresolved and where further investigation is warranted.

It’s not “Buddhism for Dummies. TL;DR It’s amazing, especially the early buddhism chapters and you will learn a lot about difficult to grasp subjects. In the hands of a more skilled write This book was really hard to read, and at times seemed to make little sense.

Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of The idea is that people are re-born after they die and the level of comfort of their next life is based on the good they did in their current life. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Selfish desire prevents us from attaining liberation – 3: Review In my own attempts to teach Asian philosophy to American undergraduates, I have often felt the lack of a book like this one.

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An Introduction Ashgate world philosophies series. English Choose a language for shopping. He describes these esot This was a fascinating book and really opened my mind.

Another way is to say that liberation is the only desirable thing. He exhibits a comprehensive grasp of Buddhist thought and practice as a whole and never leaves out of sight the ethical and soteriological implications and motivations of the doctrines that he discusses.

Lists with This Book. Josh rated it did not like it Mar 30, Mark Siderits’ book has done a terrific job of unwrapping of Buddhist thought in a way that has helped me — finally — come to grips with some of the many seemingly paradoxical assumptions that form the bedrock of Buddhist practice. While it was a concern at times, I felt like this was one of the first books I have read about Buddhism that does not feel the need to water down the philosophy. If you aren’t, you will not find too much of use in here.

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One of the buddyism books I’ve ever read. No trivia or quizzes yet. One is to say that training oneself to not desire anything is a way to obtain liberation.

It denies the existence of external objects and reduces everthing to mental experiences. Three Phases of Buddhist Philosophy.

I and many others favor the ineffable interpretation, thought I think a more appropriate name would be the inexhaustible interpretation: The quality of the writing, its elegance and clarity, is very high. He describes these esoteric and hard to understand concepts with ease from various angles. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies.


Overall disappointing but not unexpected, it seems a popular academic stance to Buddhist philosophy over the last three decades. This book clarifies the concepts in a very clear way. I got the feeling that a lot of the concepts being presented were written in an overly complex manner.

Buddhism as Philosophy: An Introduction

The section on early buddhism was by far the most interesting. It could have used metaphors more readily to sidedits the concepts, to make them more understandable.

I don’t think it is necessary to believe in this idea in order to use Buddhism as a philosophy. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

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This is a philosophy book. With a succinct introduction to Buddhism, covering impermanence, suffering, non-self, karma and rebirth, the in-depth philosophical discussions are focussed primarily on non-self and emptiness, analysing and comparing texts from Abhidharma and various schools of Buddhism including Mahayana, Yogacara, Madhyamaka and Dinnaga.

The later sections tend to repeat some of the same stuff and go into not so relevant details. This book was really hard to read, and at times budduism to make little sense.