Download The Philosophy and Politics of Czech Dissidence from Patočka by Aviezer Tucker PDF

By Aviezer Tucker

A critical research of the philosophy and political perform of the Czech dissident stream constitution seventy seven. Aviezer Tucker examines how the political philosophy of Jan Patocka (1907–1977), founding father of constitution seventy seven, stimulated the considering and political management of Vaclav Havel as dissident and president.

Presents the first severe therapy of Havel as thinker and Patocka as a political philosopher. throughout the constitution seventy seven dissident flow in Czechoslovakia, competitors of communism dependent their civil fight for human rights on philosophic foundations, and participants of the constitution seventy seven later led the Velvet Revolution. After Patocka’s self-sacrifice in 1977, Vaclav Havel emerged a robust philosophical and political strength, and he endured to use Patocka’s philosophy that allows you to comprehend the human less than overdue communism and the which means of dissidence. in spite of the fact that, the political/philosophical orientation of the constitution seventy seven move didn't offer President Havel with an enough foundation for comprehending and responding to the intense political and financial difficulties of the postcommunist period.

In his dialogue of Havel's presidency and the eventual corruption of the Velvet Revolution, Tucker demonstrates that the weaknesses in constitution seventy seven member's realizing of modernity, which failed to topic whereas they have been dissidents, heavily harmed their skill to operate in a latest democratic procedure. inside of this context, Tucker additionally examines Havel’s fresh try to topple the democratic yet corrupt executive in 1997–1998. The Philosophy and Politics of Czech Dissidence from Patocka to Havel might be of curiosity to scholars of philosophy and politics, students and scholars of Slavic stories, and historians, in addition to someone fascinated with the character of dissidence.

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Download Living Dharma: Teachings and Meditation Instructions from by Jack Kornfield, Ram Dass, Chogyam Trungpa PDF

By Jack Kornfield, Ram Dass, Chogyam Trungpa

During this ebook, Jack Kornfield provides the center of Buddhist perform as taught through twelve hugely revered masters from Southeast Asia. those well known lecturers supply a wealthy number of meditation thoughts: the practices contain conventional directions for dissolving the forged feel of self, for awakening perception, for understanding Nirvana, and for cultivating compassion for all beings.

Jack Kornfield’s first 3 chapters provide an outline of Buddhist philosophy and, in particular, the meditation practices of Burma, Thailand, and Laos. the lessons during this quantity are from Achaan Chaa, Mahasi Sayadaw, Sunlun Sayadaw, Achaan Buddhadasa, Achaan Naeb, Achaan Maha Boowa, Tuangpulu Sayadaw, Mohnyin Sayadaw, Mogok Sayadaw, U Ba Khin, Achaan Dhammadaro, and Achaan Jumnien.

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Download Recognizing Reality: Dharmakirti's Philosophy and Its by Georges B. J. Dreyfus PDF

By Georges B. J. Dreyfus

Dreyfus examines the important principles of Dharmakirti, the most very important Indian Buddhist philosophers, and their reception between Tibetan thinkers. in the course of the golden age of historic Indian civilization, Dharmakirti articulated and defended Buddhist philosophical ideas. He did so extra systematically than a person ahead of his time (the 7th century CE) and was once by means of a wealthy culture of profound thinkers in India and Tibet. This paintings provides an in depth photograph of this Buddhist culture and its relevance to the heritage of human principles. Its standpoint is generally philosophical, however it additionally makes use of ancient issues as they relate to the evolution of principles.

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Download Philosopher and Prophet: Judah Halevi, the Kuzari, and the by Yochanan Silman PDF

By Yochanan Silman

This booklet is the 1st to explain the improvement of Halevi's idea to be able to achieving a greater figuring out of its inherent systematic problems, in addition to allowing identity of a few of the strata of the publication belonging to varied classes in his philosophical improvement.

The first half describes a type of Aristotelian philosophy which appears espoused through Halevi himself ahead of writing the Kuzari. the second one half matters itself along with his early notion as expressed in yes components of the booklet of Kuzari. At this level his suggestion remains to be trustworthy to the necessities of the Aristotelian philosophy and its basic functionality is to wrestle Karaism. Intra-systematic and extra-systematic problems bizarre to this notion supply upward push to the subsequent degree within the improvement of his philosophy, that is defined within the 3rd half. This later concept can also be extraordinary by means of its powerful emphasis on concrete human event. in this interval, Halevi retreats from many ideas of Aristotelianism, and his significant goal is to justify his new place. The fourth half offers with the dialectical cohesion of the Kuzari that is additionally mirrored by way of the literary style of this e-book as tale and discussion.

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Download The Dawn of Chinese Pure Land Buddhist Doctrine: Ching-Ying by Kenneth K. Tanaka PDF

By Kenneth K. Tanaka

"Tanaka discusses an important factor in chinese language Buddhism in an cutting edge approach. The textual content that he has translated is Hui-yuan's Commentary at the Sutra of Visualization at the Buddha of Immeasurable Life, which isn't merely the oldest extant statement in this sutra, but in addition the foremost textual content within the background of natural Land Buddhism in China. In gentle of the growing to be curiosity in natural Land Buddhism, this translation is really a well timed one. the interpretation, in addition to the dialogue of ancient and doctrinal concerns, is excellent." -- Sung-bae Park, nation collage of recent York at Stony Brook

"The writer has captured the spirit and has analyzed many of the rules that the founding fathers of chinese language natural Land tuition needed to paintings with. His perceptions of the jobs of those students, their interplay, and their demanding situations are insightful. The booklet offers the complete chinese language natural Land Buddhist move at its inception. Hui-yuan's function is abundantly documented and exhibits his impact on different students, significantly Shan-tao. The paintings additionally indicates the broad examine and writings through smooth jap students within the field." -- Kenneth okay. Inada, kingdom college of latest York at Buffalo

"Pure Land Buddhism grew to become an important form of Buddhism in China and Japan by way of mass allure. hence wisdom of the beginnings of this phenomenon in China is particularly major for our examine of East Asian Buddhism more often than not. this can be breaking new ground." -- Robert G. Henricks, Dartmouth collage

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