By Thomas E. Wood

The Vijnanavadins have lengthy been characterised as believing in an Absolute. Thomas wooden investigates the level to which this characterization is right. via a close research of a few in their basic texts, Dr. wooden demonstrates that the Vijnanavadins have been in reality ambivalent and every now and then inconsistent of their philosophical perspectives in this element.

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The Buddha was definitely a person of immense popularity and charm in his times, who drew to himself people and commanded great respect. He was vary of the group dynamics, and the weaknesses of the persons psychology. He therefore took adequate measures to preserve the Order. He laid down strict guidelines for his followers to ensure amongst them disciplined monastic life and proper code of conduct. His death must have left a big vacuum in the Order. None of his followers were men of great stature, though they had an infinite capacity to remain loyal to their master and follow his teachings.

And the whole world still benefits from his sacrifice. This was not irresponsible. It was perhaps the most significant sacrifice ever made. The Buddha is dead so how can he help us? Faraday, who discovered electricity, is dead, but what he discovered still helps us. Luis Pasteur who discovered the cures for so many diseases is dead, but his medical discoveries still save lives. Leonardo da Vinci who created masterpieces of art is dead, but what he created can still uplift and give joy. Noble men and heroes may have been dead for centuries but when we read of their deeds and achievements, we can still be inspired to act as they did.

And the Indonesian laughs at the others and says “What fools you are. ” The Englishman gets a dictionary and shows it to the others saying, “I can prove that it is a cup. ” The Chinese scoffs at them. “My dictionary is thousands of years older than yours, so my dictionary must be right. ” While they are squabbling and arguing with each other, a Buddhist comes up and drinks from the cup. After he has drunk, he says to the others, “Whether you call it a cup, a tasse, a pet or a cawan, the purpose of the cup is to be used.

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