Buddhism & Pyrrhonian Skepticism

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Jnana
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Buddhism & Pyrrhonian Skepticism

Postby Jnana » Fri Apr 20, 2012 6:53 pm

Here are a few papers which discuss similarities between Buddhism and Pyrrhonism, primarily as presented in the works of Sextus Empiricus. Discussion of these papers or this subject is welcome. :smile:

by Jay Garfield.

by Thomas McEvilley.

by Adrian Kuzminski.

by Carlo Jamelle Harris.

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Re: Buddhism & Pyrrhonian Skepticism

Postby Greg » Sat Apr 21, 2012 3:59 pm

There is also

The Shape of Ancient Thought: Comparative Studies in Greek and Indian Philosophies by Thomas McEvilley.
"Pyrrhonism and the Mādhyamika" by Adrian Kuzminski, Philosophy East & West Volume 57, Number 4 October 2007
‘‘Pyrrho and India,’’ by Everard Flintoff, Phronesis 25 (2) (1980)
Emptiness Appraised by David Burton

Fascinating topic.

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Re: Buddhism & Pyrrhonian Skepticism

Postby Matt J » Sun Apr 22, 2012 11:08 pm

I owe a lot to both Madhyamaka and Skepticism. I find that as my understanding deepens, so does my appreciation of these viewless views. In fact, I've yet to encounter a better medicine for intellectual blocks to date. Usually, when these come up, they are either pooh poohed, ignored, or devalued as "intellectualism".

My main surprise is that these are so seldom used in modern Buddhist teaching --- I've had to seek them on my own.

Take the simplicity of the skeptical position. Any argument can be matched with a counterargument. Person A says that God exists. Person B says there is no God. Sadly, there is no metaphysical Supreme Court to render a decision. What to do? Suspend judgment, of course, and allow the soul to remain at peace.
The Great Way is not difficult
If only there is no picking or choosing
--- Xin Xin Ming


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Re: Buddhism & Pyrrhonian Skepticism

Postby Dronma » Mon Apr 23, 2012 2:35 am

This text is also very important: "The debate of King Milinda: an abridgement of the Milinda Paňha".



"The Milinda Paňha is, with good reason, a famous work of Buddhist literature, probably compiled in the first century B.C. It presents Buddhist doctrine in a very attractive and memorable form as a dialogue between a Bactrian Greek king, Milinda, who plays the ‘Devil’s Advocate’ and a Buddhist sage, Nàgasena. The topics covered include most of those questions commonly asked by Westerners such as “If there is no soul, what is it that is reborn?” and “If there is no soul, who is talking to you now?”
This abridgement provides a concise presentation of this masterpiece of Buddhist literature. The introduction outlines the historical background against which the dialogues took place, indicating the meeting of two great cultures, that of ancient Greece and the Buddhism of the Indus valley, which was a legacy of the great Emperor Asoka."
"My view is as vast as the sky, but my actions are finer than flour"
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Re: Buddhism & Pyrrhonian Skepticism

Postby Matt J » Sun Apr 29, 2012 4:48 pm

The Great Way is not difficult
If only there is no picking or choosing
--- Xin Xin Ming


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The Great Way is not difficult
If only there is no picking or choosing
--- Xin Xin Ming


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