The Notion of Ditthi in Theravada Buddhism: The Point of View

1st Edition

Paul Fuller

Routledge
Published November 15, 2012
Reference - 272 Pages
ISBN 9780415650496 - CAT# Y143680
Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism

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Summary

The notion of 'view' or 'opinion' (ditthi) as an obstacle to 'seeing things as they are' is a central concept in Buddhist thought. This book considers the two ways in which the notion of views are usually understood. Are we to understand right-view as a correction of wrong-views (the opposition understanding) or is the aim of the Buddhist path the overcoming of all views, even right-view (the no-views understanding)? The author argues that neither approach is correct. Instead he suggests that the early texts do not understand right-view as a correction of wrong-view, but as a detached order of seeing, completely different from the attitude of holding to any view, wrong or right.

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