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Where Does Independence/Inception Fit In? Questions on Nagarjuna’s Teachings

The chapters in both of Garfield’s books prompt me to think more about our class’ discussion on what constitutes a religion versus what constitutes a philosophy. The class came up with several characteristics that comprise a religion, one of them … Continue reading

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The sangha’s regulation of human contact and attachment

The last assigned poem in the Theragatha collection entitled Bhaddiya Kaligodhayaputta (Thag 16.7) outlines the transformation a man underwent in the way he chose to conduct his life. He formerly lived luxuriously by wearing extravagant clothing and enjoying fine food, … Continue reading

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