aim of Buddhist philosophy

aim of Buddhist philosophy

Historically speaking Buddhism came from India as we all know. Generally the Indian philosophy and specially Buddhism, the main interest of this system is to find the truth. This is quite an important element of the Indian thinking. Truth is important, truth is so important. I maybe wrong but I am guessing this, like Chinese philosophy, and the Chinese thinking, system, has lot to do with, they prefer morality and ethics and the obedience of the ancestor, the leader. And to the certain extend it is very surprising for me, also in the west I find people, there highest aim is good moral, ethics. Moral perfection, ethical perfection is something they regard as a high value. This is not really the case in Buddhism. If you really think properly, in Buddhism morality and ethics is an utensil. It is like the cup. If you want to drink a tea, you need the cup. As long as it is serving as a cup, doesn’t matter, clay cup, bronze cup, golden cup, it really doesn’t matter. It has to function. So the truth is what is, finding the truth, realization of the truth is regarded as the highest value. And this is what the Buddhist philosophy aims at.

Fundamental View of Buddhism, Moscow 2010

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