A new systematization of the main philosophical tenets of Hinayana Buddhism as derived from the Four Noble Truths. The work is divided in three parts: (1) "Suffering" and the Nature of Existence; (2) "Origin of Suffering" and the Notion of Existence and World-causation; (3) "Cessation of Suffering" and the "Path to the Cessation of Suffering" Psychocosmic spheres of purification. It attempts novel exploration of the notion of Karma as entailing both individual retribution and world causation. It also contains a newly approached linkage to Buddhist idealism and the later Mahayana schools of Buddhist totalism. The strength of this book and its original contribution lie in its comprehensive explication of Abhidharmakosa. It functions more or less like a modern commentary on Vasubandhu's treatise. Like classical Buddhist commentaries, this modern commentary gives precise explanations of the technical points in the abhidharma philosophy. This modern commentator assists Western readers to comprehend the ideas of the Abhidharma by citing parallel or similar ideas from the thought of major Western philosophers, such as Kant, Heidegger, and Husserl.|
About the Author:
PROF. ALFONSO VERDU was obtained his Ph.D. with a dissertation on the phenomenology of Eastern mysticism. He obtained two teaching awards and has published four extensive books on Eastern and Buddhist thought.