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Buddhism

JOHN BOWKER

in The Religious Imagination and the Sense of God

Published in print August 1978 | ISBN: 9780198266464
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683046 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198266464.003.0005
Buddhism

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This chapter describes Buddhism in its essential character as a way of life and as an analytic philosophy. It also examines the rejection, realization, and the sense of God in Buddhism. Since the nineteenth century, interpreters of Buddhism to the west have usually made much of the non-theistic character of Buddhism; on the other, observers of life in Buddhist countries have consistently reported that the reality does not correspond to that description. There are those who maintain that the elimination of God as a resource and a goal in the construction of human lives has proved to be impossible, because the informational significance of God is unequivocal, at least to some of those who attend with sufficient seriousness to that possibility.

Keywords: Buddhism; rejection; realization; sense of God; non-theistic; Buddhist

Chapter.  26601 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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