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1. Title Title of document 11. Right Understanding: Ignorance & Nibbāna - The Buddha's Path of Peace
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Geoffrey Hunt; University of Surrey;
3. Subject Discipline(s) Buddhist Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) eightfold path; Buddha; Buddhism; Buddhist; New Buddha Way; mindfulness; meditation;
5. Subject Subject classification Buddhist Studies
6. Description Abstract This chapter introduces a holistic understanding or view of suffering, the ‘law of kamma’, and the release from or attenuation of suffering. While the mundane understanding of the Path introduces what is conducive to a comfortable life and its benefits ‘in this world’, the full (supramundane) understanding entails the transformation of one’s human reality: the Middle Way (nondual) dimension and dependent origination (complex emergence). Right Understanding (or Right View) is not just intellectual, but enjoins authenticity and radical honesty.
Ignorance (or delusion) was in the Buddha’s eyes ignorance of rightness i.e. of laws which were both at once natural patterns of the physical world and moral patterns of the human world. The distinction between the two, which we now take for granted, was creatively ‘fuzzy’ in the Buddha’s thinking. This chapter examines the mundane and supramundane (transcendental, ultimate) understandings of the Buddha’s 1st Noble Truth (suffering) and the 2nd (craving and clinging).
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Aug-2020
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.39410
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; The Buddha's Path of Peace
16. Language English=en en
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