The Notion of Ditthi in Theravada Buddhism

The Point of View

By Paul Fuller

© 2004 – Routledge

272 pages

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About the Book

The notion of 'view' or 'opinion' (ditthi) as an obstacle to 'seeing things as they are' is a central concept in Buddhist thought. This book considers the two ways in which the notion of views are usually understood. Are we to understand right-view as a correction of wrong-views (the opposition understanding) or is the aim of the Buddhist path the overcoming of all views, even right-view (the no-views understanding)? The author argues that neither approach is correct. Instead he suggests that the early texts do not understand right-view as a correction of wrong-view, but as a detached order of seeing, completely different from the attitude of holding to any view, wrong or right.

Reviews

'The authors immaculate references to primary sources and secondary literature are well chosen and contain good pointers for reflection and stimulants for further research.' - JRAS, Series 3, Volume 16

'This book is rich in content.' - Karel Werner, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. The Content of Wrong-View 3. The Content of Right-View 4. The Way Wrong-View Functions 5. The Way Right-View Functions 6. The Transcendence of Views 7. Conclusion Appendices

About the Author

Paul Fuller is currently doing research for the University of Bristol, from which he has recently received his PhD.

About the Series

Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism is a comprehensive study of the Buddhist tradition. The series explores this complex and extensive tradition from a variety of perspectives, using a range of different methodologies. The series is diverse in its focus, including historical, philological, cultural, and sociological investigations into the manifold features and expressions of Buddhism worldwide. It also presents works of constructive and reflective analysis, including the role of Buddhist thought and scholarship in a contemporary, critical context and in the light of current social issues. The series is expansive and imaginative in scope, spanning more than two and a half millennia of Buddhist history. It is receptive to all research works that are of significance and interest to the broader field of Buddhist Studies.

Some of the titles in the series are published in association with the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, which conducts and promotes rigorous teaching and research into all forms of the Buddhist tradition.

Editorial Advisory Board:
James A. Benn, McMaster University, Canada

Jinhua Chen, The University of British Columbia, Canada

Rupert Gethin, University of Bristol, UK

Peter Harvey, University of Sunderland, UK

Sallie King, James Madison University, USA

Anne Klein, Rice University, USA

Lori Meeks, University of Southern California, USA;

Ulrich Pagel, School of Oriental and African Studies, UK

John Powers, Australian National University, Australia;

Juliane Schober, Arizona State University, USA

Vesna A. Wallace, Oxford University, UK

Michael Zimmermann, University of Hamburg, Germany

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS003000
HISTORY / Asia / General
REL007000
RELIGION / Buddhism / General (see also PHILOSOPHY / Buddhist)
REL007040
RELIGION / Buddhism / Theravada
SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General