Buddha's Way

 

‘This highly original work demonstrates that the Buddha’s  path to awakening is oriented towards social liberation’David R. Loy, author of A Buddhist History of the West: Studies in Lack


The Buddha’s Way

A Socio-Historical Approach

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In this magisterial study of the social élan of early Buddhism, Nalin Swaris argues that the radical thrust of the Buddha’s teaching is based on his realisation that ‘the individual’ is a fiction of human craving. The Buddha’s decision to found a community of compassion and sharing was the practical expression of his conviction that individualism is the principal obstacle to human happiness. The Buddha’s Way was not discovered and preached in a social vacuum. Orthodox Hinduism classifies its sacred traditions into srutis (sacred truths of the Vedas ‘heard’ by ancient rishis while in a trance) and smritis (codes of conduct). In deliberate counterpoint to the brahman tradition, the majority of the Buddha’s discourses begin with the declaration: Evam me sutam—‘Thus have I heard’.

 

Swaris argues persuasively that Buddha’s teachings are not esoteric, but grounded in everyday life. The Dhamma is not a revealed truth that humans could not have discovered by themselves. It is like a light brought into a darkened room so that people could see what is already there, once the fog of delusion is dispelled. In a style that would appeal to both lay readers and scholars, Swaris shows how the Buddha anticipated Marx, Derrida and Foucault by centuries.

 

Nalin Swaris, born in Colombo, ordained a Catholic priest in 1962 in Bangalore, completed his PhD, The Buddha’s Way, at the State University of Utrecht in 1997 with summa cum laude. Swaris was also a human rights activist and the author of Buddhism, Human Rights and Social Renewal.

ISBN 9788189059316 | Hardback | 388 pages | 6 x 9.25” | All rights available

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The Dhamma is not revealed truth, but light brought into a dark room illuminating what is already there.