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The Philosophy of Desire in the Buddhist Pali Canon

ISBN 9780415600002
Published June 29, 2011 by Routledge
268 Pages

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Book Description

David Webster explores the notion of desire as found in the Buddhist Pali Canon. Beginning by addressing the idea of a 'paradox of desire', whereby we must desire to end desire, the varieties of desire that are articulated in the Pali texts are examined. A range of views of desire, as found in Western thought, are presented as well as Hindu and Jain approaches. An exploration of the concept of ditthi(view or opinion) is also provided, exploring the way in which 'holding views' can be seen as analogous to the process of desiring. Other subjects investigated include the mind-body relationship, the range of Pali terms for desire, and desire's positive spiritual value. A comparative exploration of the various approaches completes the work.

Table of Contents

1. Dedication  2. Acknowledgements  3. Abbreviations  4. Introduction: Desire, Morality and Approaches  5. Desire in Western Thought  6. Desire in Non-Buddhist Indian Religion  7. Buddhism and Desire  1: The Varieties of Desire  8. Buddhism and Desire  2: The Dynamics of Desire  9. Conclusion: Desire and the Transformation of Living  10. Bibliography  11. Appendix: Glossary  12. Notes

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David Webster is Lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Gloucestershire.

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