Hi Jason Resch
Thanks very much for this, but apparently the
Buddhists think that mind is not "mental" or "idea-like"
as in Idealism, but brick-and-mortar-like, as in western Materialism.
Apparently the Buddhists believe, as our materialists do,
that mind and matter (ideas and rocks) are One:
"Perhaps no other classical philosophical tradition, East or West,
offers a more complex and counter-intuitive account of mind
and mental phenomena than Buddhism.
While Buddhists share with other Indian philosophers the view
that the domain of the mental encompasses a set of interrelated
faculties and processes, they do not associate mental phenomena
with the activity of a substantial, independent, and enduring
self or agent. Rather, Buddhist theories of mind center on the
doctrine of not-self (Pali anatta, Skt. anatma),
which postulates that human beings are reducible
to the physical and psychological constituents and
processes which comprise them. "
This boggles my mind. I am purely matter. ?????
Dr. Roger B Clough NIST (ret.) [1/1/2000]
See my Leibniz site at
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From: Jason Resch
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Time: 2013-07-02, 17:21:59
Subject: Re: Materialism and Buddhism
>I would say Buddhism is closer to idealism than materialism:
>?ind precedes all phenomena, mind matters most, everything is mind-made.?
>-- Gautama Buddha
>On Tue, Jul 2, 2013 at 5:19 PM, Roger Clough wrote:
>> Materialism and Buddhism
>> Materialism, since it contains no subjectivity or self, and
>> is atheisti seems to be a form of Buddhism, so that
>> is is possible that it is understandable through
>> Buddhist psychology.
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