The Buddhist Teachings on the Origins of Philosophical Views - Public Talk By Prof. Y. Karunadasa最新
Why is there a large number of philosophical views? We normally think that they are due to deep reflection on the part of philosophers. Buddhism thinks otherwise. The Buddhist position is that they are entirely due to a psychological reason, i.e. craving or the self-centered desire due to the self-view. When we have the self-view, we look at the world through the ego-centric perspective. Then we do not see what is actually there; we see what we desire to see. Accordingly all metaphysical and theological views turn out to be rationalizations of our deep-seated desires and innermost anxieties. The ultimate goal of Buddhism is not to have a view, but to view. The emerging conclusion is that Buddhism is not a philosophy: it is a meta-philosophy, a philosophy of philosophy that explains the origin and nature of philosophy itself.
About the Speaker
Y. Karunadasa is Professor Emeritus at the University of Kelaniya and a former director of its Graduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies. He has served as a visiting professor at the University of London, the University of Toronto, and the University of Hong Kong, and as the Numata Chair at the University of Calgary. He is currently a Visiting Professor at The Buddha-Dharma Centre of Hong Kong. He lives in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Date: 16 June 2019 (Sunday)
Time: 3:00 - 5:00pm
Venue: The Buddha-Dharma Centre of Hong Kong
28/F Pacific Plaza, 410 Des Voeux Road West, Hong Kong
(Near HKU MTR Exit B2)
Organizer: The Buddha-Dharma Centre of Hong Kong
Fee: Free of Charge (Donations are welcome)
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