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The Buddha's Pragmatism and Intellectual Style

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1. Title Title of document The Buddha's Pragmatism and Intellectual Style - What the Buddha Thought
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Richard Gombrich; Oxford University; United Kingdom
3. Subject Discipline(s) Buddhist Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) Buddhism; history; Buddha; doctrines
5. Subject Subject classification BQ1-9800 Buddhism; BQ860-939 Gautama Buddha
6. Description Abstract Again and again the Buddha emphasized that his goal as a teacher was entirely pragmatic. His followers came to know him as the great physician; the Dhamma was the medicine he prescribed, the SaΔgha were the nurses whose calling it was to administer that medicine. Though there is no canonical evidence for this interpretation, modern scholars have plausibly argued that the formulation of the Four Noble Truths follows the medical idiom of the time: first the disease is diagnosed, then its origin or cause is established, then it is accordingly stated what a cure would consist of, and finally the treatment to achieve that cure is prescribed. The Buddha described himself as the surgeon who removes the arrow of craving.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Aug-2009
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.19111
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; What the Buddha Thought
16. Language English=en en
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) global
19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd