Skillful Means: The Heart of Buddhist Compassion (MONOGRAPH OF THE SOCIETY FOR ASIAN AND COMPARATIVE PHILOSOPHY)

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This title analyzes one of the most important ideas in Buddhist philosophy: the doctrine of ""skillful means."" It presents an analysis of a familiar subject, thus providing a way of understanding Buddhist thought. It argues that Buddhism is best understood as a philosophy of practice - or a ""metapraxis"" - and that terms such as ""emptiness,"" ""non-self,"" and ""nirvana"" refer less to metaphysical principles than to skillful teachings that help people cultivate compassion and mindfulness. Each section of the book focuses on a debate over philosophical justification and the problem of trying to establish a fixed doctrine in Buddhism and reveals an on-going debate that is central to the various Buddhist traditions throughout Asia.

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