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buddha nature

D. Jason Slone

in Theological Incorrectness

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780195169263
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835256 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195169263.003.0005
 buddha nature

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Religious thought involves the presumption that superhuman agents exist, while theology involves postulations about these agents. This dual feature of religion seems to apply across the board. However, one religious system, Theravada Buddhism of South and Southeast Asia appears to challenge this assumption. It is argued that Buddhists are not passive recipients but active participants in Buddhism. Thus, Buddhism is the same as other religions because its members share the same cognitive equipment as members of other religions.

Keywords: religious thought; theology; Theravada Buddhism; religion

Chapter.  6430 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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