By Professor Ramakrishna Puligandla Ph.D., Professor David Lee Miller B.A. M.A. Ph.D.
This attractive new booklet, a milestone in Buddhist and comparative reports, is a compilation of seventeen essays celebrating the paintings and regarded Nolan Pliny Jacobson.A profoundly influenced interdisciplinary philosopher, Jacobson sought to find, make clear, and synthesize issues of similarity between prime thinkers of alternative Oriental and Western cultures. for nearly part a century, he articulated his imaginative and prescient of an rising global civilization, one within which every person can suppose and convey their artistic, confident powers for the good thing about others in addition to for themselves.Jacobson believed that philosophy and the works of philosophers may be understood as an essential strength enriching all civilizational adventure. His personal philosophic viewpoint used to be rooted within the conviction that novelty is the resource of all adventure and the guts of a creativity that lives past phrases, arguments, and rational paradigms. all through his occupation, Jacobson explored Buddhist texts and personalities, spending a lot time within the Orient, fairly Myanmar and Japan. He additionally heavily studied the works of various Western philosophers, together with Whitehead, Dewey, Peirce, James, Hartshorne, and Wieman. Jacobson believed that American philosophy and Buddhism concurred in lots of methods, with the aptitude to shape a robust foundation for the advance of a global civilization.The essays during this quantity are prepared round Jacobson’s actions, courses, and pursuits. Authored by way of a powerful number of students, the essays are grouped into 4 sections—"Historical Context," "Central Issues," "Practical Implications," and "The Japan Emphasis." Hajime Nakamura, Charles Hartshorne, Kenneth okay. Inada, Seizo Oho, and various others talk about freedom, creativity, and Buddhism’s self-corrective nature, environment forth their purposes for sharing Jacobson’s principles and visions.
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In English the words craving and desire point to attachments that are no different in respect to the Buddhist theme of the cessation of suffering, except that cravings are typically stronger than desires. Because of this interrelationship between desire and craving, I do not think that this distinction is useful in trying to answer the analytic philosopher's worry over problems like the desire for desirelessness. Furthermore, note that although tanha is often translated as ''craving," it is also not uncommonly translated as "desire'' (see, Walpola Rahula, Wbat the Buddha Taught [New York: Grove, 1974], passim, and Huston Smith, Page 13 The Religions of Man [New York: Harper & Row, 1965], p.
Jacobson very early in his career developed a naturalistic worldview, especially philosophically and religiously. He found that Henry Nelson Wieman's philosophical and religious categories of creative good, created goods, and the creative event with its dimensional subevents were the most adequate means by which to explicate a naturalistic worldview; and he Page 16 thought that supernaturalistic philosophical and religious worldviews were detrimental to humankind's quality of life, and by extension, to that of the universe.
9. : Prentice-Hall, 1970), pp. 86-99. 10. "The adoption of views is a term discarded for the truth-finder, who has had actual vision of the nature, origin and cessation of things materialof feelingsof perceptionof plastic forcesand of consciousness. Therefore it is that, by destroying, stilling, suppressing, discarding and renouncing all supposings, all imaginings, and all tendencies to the pride of saying 'I' or 'mine', the truth-finder is Delivered because no fuel is left to keep such things going" (Majjbima-Nikaya, I, 486).