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SARCASM AND IRONY AS PHILOSOPHY

Sarcasm is not [always] wrong speech and is often a systematic shortcut for philosophical analysis. Sarcasm can be found among philosophical discourse such as when Socrates pleaded with Euthyphro to teach him what the latter knows (quite clearly making fun of the guy for the benefit of the audience) and … Continue reading

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BUDDHIST PATH OF QUESTIONING (疑情) AND DEBATE

Debate and questioning has a long and noble tradition in Buddhism. For instance, in Tibetan Buddhism philosophical debate is considered an essential part of monastic studies deepening understanding, sharpening the mind, and developing wisdom and attainment. In Zen the process of asking questions is a fundamental part of the teacher … Continue reading

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THREEFOLD LOTUS: ALL PATHS LEAD TO ENLIGHTENMENT

In Chapter 12 of the Lotus Sutra the Buddha teaches that everyone can become enlightened (women, animals, and even the most sinful murderers) through the stories of the dragon king’s daughter and Devadatta. The Innumerable Meanings Sutra (part of the Three-fold Lotus Sutra) says that “all dharmas are empty of … Continue reading

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ALL I KNOW IS THAT I TELL THE TRUTH

St Teresa explains away doubts about her mysticism by saying, “All that I know is that I tell the truth; and I shall never believe that any soul who does not possess this certainty has ever been really united to God” (qtd. in James 410).‘Likewise, the philosopher William James reproaches … Continue reading

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HOW FAR WILL YOU GO WITH NON-DUALITY?

Few schools of Buddhism dared take non-duality to its logical conclusion. Zen teachers often dare, yet none were as radical as the Taintai school, and Siming Zhili (960–1028) went to the very end and concluded:“Other than the devil, there is no Buddha;..other than the Buddha, there is no devil.”Likewise, many … Continue reading

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