Buddhism Meditation and Free Will

In Western philosophy, free will and the philosophy of action are established areas of research. This book presents a comprehensive analytical review of extant scholarship on perspectives on free will.

Buddhism  Meditation  and Free Will

Buddhism Meditation and Free Will

Traditionally, Buddhist philosophy has seemingly rejected the autonomous self. In Western philosophy, free will and the philosophy of action are established areas of research. This book presents a comprehensive analytical review of extant scholarship on perspectives on free will. It studies and refutes the most powerful Western and Buddhist philosophical objections to free will and explores the possibility that a form of agency may in fact exist within Buddhism. Providing a detailed explanation of how Buddhist meditation increases self-regulative mind-control abilities, the author argues that the Buddhist path is designed to produce meditation virtuosos exhibiting mind-control abilities far exceeding the free-will advocate’s ability to ‘do otherwise’ or have their choices be ‘up to’ them. Based on the empirically-supported mind-control cultivated by these meditation virtuosos, the book proposes the principle of, ‘Buddhist Soft Compatibilism’, a theory of ‘freedom of the mind’ that entails freedoms of the will, attention, emotion and action, compatible with both determinism and indeterminism. Buddhism, Meditation and Free Will will be of interest to Buddhist and Western philosophers and academics interested in comparative philosophy, free will, philosophy of action, metaphysics, ethics and Religious Studies.

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Buddhism, Meditation, and Free Will
Language: un
Pages: 206
Authors: Rick Repetti
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-07-17 - Publisher: Routledge

Traditionally, Buddhist philosophy has seemingly rejected the autonomous self. In Western philosophy, free will and the philosophy of action are established areas of research. This book presents a comprehensive analytical review of extant scholarship on perspectives on free will. It studies and refutes the most powerful Western and Buddhist philosophical
Buddhist Perspectives on Free Will
Language: un
Pages: 214
Authors: Rick Repetti
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-07-28 - Publisher: Routledge

Throughout the history of Buddhism, little has been said prior to the Twentieth Century that explicitly raises the question whether we have free will, though the Buddha rejected fatalism and some Buddhists have addressed whether karma is fatalistic. Recently, however, Buddhist and Western philosophers have begun to explicitly discuss Buddhism
Buddhist Perspectives on Free Will
Language: en
Pages: 214
Authors: Rick Repetti
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-07-28 - Publisher: Routledge

Throughout the history of Buddhism, little has been said prior to the Twentieth Century that explicitly raises the question whether we have free will, though the Buddha rejected fatalism and some Buddhists have addressed whether karma is fatalistic. Recently, however, Buddhist and Western philosophers have begun to explicitly discuss Buddhism
Beyond the Self
Language: un
Pages: 282
Authors: Matthieu Ricard, Wolf Singer
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-10-21 - Publisher:

Converging and diverging views on the mind, the self, consciousness, the unconscious, free will, perception, meditation, and other topics. Buddhism shares with science the task of examining the mind empirically; it has pursued, for two millennia, direct investigation of the mind through penetrating introspection. Neuroscience, on the other hand, relies
Meditations of a Buddhist Skeptic
Language: un
Pages: 304
Authors: B. Alan Wallace
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-12-06 - Publisher: Columbia University Press

A scholar of both spirituality and science proposes a radical approach to studying the mind with the goal of restoring human nature—and transcending it. Renowned Buddhist philosopher B. Alan Wallace reasserts the power of shamatha and vipashyana, traditional Buddhist meditations, to clarify the mind's role in the natural world. Raising

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