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By Joel J. Kupperman

In recent times, Asian philosophies have captured expanding awareness within the West, surroundings off a great quantity of recent translations of vintage Asian philosophical texts just like the Analects and the Tao te Ching. but those texts are usually inaccessible to Western readers as a result of subtleties of the techniques and different problems inherent in studying throughout cultures.
vintage Asian Philosophy is designed to offer somebody new to Asian philosophy a transparent feel of its so much foundational and broadly to be had texts, starting from the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita via Confucius to Zen. It offers philosophies which are on the roots of the cultures of India, China, Korea, and Japan, in addition to different nations of south and east Asia. each one bankruptcy brings a vintage textual content to lifestyles, conveying the energy and attraction of the paintings, whereas while explaining its philosophical roots and the explanations for the positions it takes. the single e-book of its sort, vintage Asian Philosophy is an hugely available consultant to philosophy and tradition, in addition to a consultant to additional interpreting.

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One thought is that our development after early childhood consists to a large degree of emotional cocooning, protecting ourselves from the sharp emotions (both negative and positive) of small children, and also insulating ourselves from the rawness of the world. Perhaps suffering, as in the case of the poet who was finally surprised by joy, rips away the cocoon? If this were the whole story, then it would appear that (at least in some cases) joy is like pleasure in being a poor bargain: in itself it is valued, but the advance payment is proportionally steep.

1, p. 63) is neither, but that we can group together all of the changing states because of the continuity of the body. The factor of bodily continuity is now missing. Is the flame on the second lamp the same as that on the first lamp, or is it a different flame? The obvious reply would be that you can say what you like. Our ordinary criteria for what we are willing to speak of as “the same” do not render a clear decision in this case. Equally, the ordinary criteria for “same person,” which work smoothly in most ordinary cases, do not render as clear a verdict in the case of putative reincarnation.

We also need to examine the concept of suffering. Many people might think of pain and suffering as much the same or as inextricably linked. But—much as pleasure and happiness differ from one another, and joy and bliss differ still further—suffering is not exactly equivalent to misery, desolation, or distress, and certainly is separable from pain. We speak of someone as suffering when she or he is in the grip of a negative emotional experience. Suffering can be rather brief. We normally speak of suffering, all the same, in cases in which, however long it actually will last, there is a sense of no end in sight.

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