Dec 29 2009

♦ Nāgārjuna on “cause” and “condition”: pars destruens (1)

As far as the causal and conditional dependence between effect and cause is concerned, we have to note that the conception of svabhāvaḥ, and consequently of parabhāvaḥ (as a preliminary discussion see A brief note on the distinction between “cause” and “condition” in early Buddhism), during Nāgārjuna’s times had developed some problematic aspects, which Nāgārjuna […]

Dec 27 2009

♦ A brief note on the distinction between “cause” and “condition” in early Buddhism

When we speak of “relation” in Buddhism, we mainly refer to what in Pāli language is called paṭicca-samuppādo, in Sanskrit pratītya-samutpādaḥ, and in Tibetan rten cing ’brel bar ’byung ba (or, in short, rten ’brel). The term pratītya-samutpādaḥ litterally means «conditioned co-production» or «dependent co-origination», and indicates the particular nature of the relation existing among […]

Dec 14 2009

♦ Self and No-Self

Book review: Self and No-Self, Continuing the Dialogue Between Buddhism and Psychotherapy, by Dale Mathers, Melvin E. Miller, Osamu Ando, Routledge, Oxon/New York 2009, pp. 256, ISBN 978-0-415-43606-9, £22.99 (Paperback) £60.00 (Hardback) From the editor book profile: About the Book This collection explores the growing interface between Eastern and Western concepts of what it is to be human […]

Dec 13 2009

♦ Dhīḥ: Journal of Rare Buddhist Texts

The Center for Tantric Studies has provided, for the benefit of all scholars, a PDF and a UTF8 text of the contents of Dhīḥ: Journal of Rare Buddhist Texts, issues 1-43 (1986-2007). For downloading the PDF version, click here. For visualizing the UTF8 text version click here. The following is a PDF in which I […]

Dec 11 2009

♦ Studies on the Cārvāka/Lokāyata

Book review: Studies on the Cārvāka/Lokāyata, by Ramkrishna Bhattacharya, Società Editrice Fiorentina/Manohar, Firenze 2009, pp. 254 ISBN 978-88-6032-113-8, € 28,00 (view editor book profile). ▪ The Preface of the book: «I started writing on the Cārvāka, the most uncompromising materialist school of philosophy in ancient India, from 1995 and have continued to work on its different aspects. […]

Dec 8 2009

♦ manas and saññā: the non-meditative recognition of the impermanent and the not-self

The activity of saññā can be distinguished according to two acceptations, that is, in a “normal” state of consciousness and, in a state of meditation.1 Generally, compounds like anicca-saññā, «saññā concerning to what is impermanent»,2 anatta-saññā, «saññā concerning not-self»,3 etc. are used in passages in which the meditative aspect of saññā is involved but, of […]