Literal Means and Hidden Meanings: A New Analysis of Skillful Means

@article{Federman2009LiteralMA,
  title={Literal Means and Hidden Meanings: A New Analysis of Skillful Means},
  author={A. Federman},
  journal={Philosophy East and West},
  year={2009},
  volume={59},
  pages={125 - 141}
}
  • A. Federman
  • Published 2009
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy East and West
  • The Buddhist concept of skillful means, as introduced inMahāyāna sūtras, exposes a new awareness of the gap between text and meaning. Although the term is sometimes taken to point to the Buddha's pedagogical skills, this interpretation ignores the provocative use of the term in Mahāyāna texts. Treating skillful means as a universal Buddhist concept also fails to explain why and for what purpose it first became predominant in the Mahāyāna. Looking at the use of skillful means in the Lotus Sūtra… CONTINUE READING
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