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Echoes from an Empty Sky: the Origins of the Buddhist Doctrine of the Two Truths, John B. Buescher
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Author Name    John B. Buescher

Title   Echoes from an Empty Sky: the Origins of the Buddhist Doctrine of the Two Truths

Binding   Trade Paperback

Book Condition   Used - Good

Publisher    Snow Lion Publications April 2005

ISBN Number    1559392207 / 9781559392204

Seller ID   393122

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The important Buddhist doctrine of the two truths--conventional truths and ultimate truths--is the subject of this book. It examines how the doctrine evolved within early Buddhism from efforts to make sense of contradictions within the collected sayings of the Buddha. The two truths, however, came to refer not primarily to statements or language, but to the realities to which statements or language referred. As such, the doctrine of the two truths became one through which Buddhist philosophers focused their efforts to elaborate an abhidharma, a higher teaching which allowed them to explain how the mind apprehends and misapprehends the world, how it attaches itself to objects that do not exist in and of themselves, thereby creating suffering. In effect, the doctrine then evolved into a distinction between different sorts of objects rather than a distinction between different sorts of statements.
The doctrine of the truths understood in this way played a key role in the articulation of the Mahayana by its followers in distinguishing it from what they called" Hinayana," especially in defining the central ideas of selflessness and emptiness. Unlike prior books on this topic which concentrate on the doctrine within the context of the Mahayana, Buescher's examines it within the context of the Hinayana. Tibetan Buddhist syntheses of Buddhist doctrine provide a fascinating perspective from which to compare the positions of the major Indian schools. Such works, however, often lack the historical perspective from which to discern the development of these positions.

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