Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religions

2013 Edition
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Logic in Buddhism

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-8265-8_1589

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Similar to other Indian religions, Buddhism is devoted to liberation from suffering, resulting in the achievement of “bodhi” (Sanskrit, meaning “awakening”) in all three traditions of Buddhism, Theravada Mahāyāna, and Vajrayāna. As laid out by Siddhartha Gautama, the Noble Eightfold Path describes the way to the end of suffering, understood as a practical guideline to ethical and mental development with the goal of freeing the individual from attachments and delusions and to finally understand the transcendent truth about all things. Attaining the right view is hereby the beginning and the end of the Eightfold Path, which simply indicates understanding things as they really are. The right view is hereby not understood in the sense of “right vs. wrong,” rather it should be as “free from delusions,” which transcends mutually excluding categories. As a method for attaining this cognitive...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Viadrina Europe University Frankfurt (Oder)BerlinGermany