Nov 25 2009

♦ How to recognize a feeling? Reflections on “being in touch”

According to the well-known Buddhist doctrine of conditional co-production (paṭicca-samuppāda), vedanā depends on contact (phassa) between senses and sense-objects, which stimulates the sensorial faculties. Now, we find that the Pāli Canon points out that also saññā, and not only vedanā, is conditioned, in its manifestation, by phassa. In Saṃyutta-Nikāya III, 59-60, indeed, we can read: […]


Nov 25 2009

♦ Conference “Il Sé – tra Oriente e Occidente” (“The Self – between East and West”): agenda

This is the agenda of the conference “Il Sé – tra Oriente e Occidente” (11-12 January 2010, Trieste, Italy). I remind all the readers of this post that the official tongue will be Italian. The Self – between East and West In honour of Aldo Magris and Maurizio Pagano Monday  11 January 2010 Salone degli […]


Nov 19 2009

♦ What object, what name… a brief note on saññā

In classical Sanskrit, among the several meanings of saṃjñā we find also «name». By virtue of its derivation from saṃ√jñā (litt. «to know together with», i.e., «to agree»), this term signifies also «agreement»: to have an agreement with someone necessitates, of course, the employment of the same way of communication, of the same way of […]


Nov 17 2009

♦ Presentation of the conference “Il Sé – tra Oriente e Occidente” (“The Self – between East and West”)

In Trieste (Italy), 11th-12th January 2010, it will take place the conference “Il Sé – tra Oriente e Occidente” (“The Self – between East and West”; official tongue: Italian). The following is the introduction: «Man is spirit. But what is spirit?» – the Danish philosopher Kirkegaard asked himself in the 19th century – «The spirit […]


Nov 6 2009

♦ Can a Materialist worship God? Some reflections on a passage of Āryadevapāda

Let us consider a passage of a Buddhist text preserved in Tibetan translation, and lost in its Sanskrit original, the Skhalita-pramathana-yukti-hetu-siddhi (’KHrul pa bzlog pa’i rigs pa gtan tshigs grub pa, «Accomplishment of Reason by Means of Argumentations for the Destruction of Errors»). This brief work is attributed to Āryadeva (colophon: slob dpon ’phags pa […]