Rethinking the Buddha: Early Buddhist Philosophy as Meditative Perception

  title={Rethinking the Buddha: Early Buddhist Philosophy as Meditative Perception},
  author={Eviatar Shulman},
Preface 1. The structural relation between philosophy and meditation 2. A philosophy of being human 3. Mindfulness, or how philosophy becomes perception 4. The four noble truths as meditative perception 5. Conclusion. 

Polyvalent Philosophy and Soteriology in Early Buddhism

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Embodied Transcendence: The Buddha’s Body in the Pāli Nikāyas

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Two Paths: A Critique of Husserl’s View of the Buddha

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'I Have This Feeling of Not Really Being Here': Buddhist Meditation and Changes in Sense of Self

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Forgetting ourselves: epistemic costs and ethical concerns in mindfulness exercises

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Losing Ourselves: Active Inference, Depersonalization, and Meditation

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Realistic-Antimetaphysical Reading Vs Any Nihilistic Interpretation of Madhyamaka

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Neurophenomenology – The Case of Studying Self Boundaries With Meditators

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Buddhism as Philosophy : An Introduction

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