Buddhism & the Contemporary World

Buddhism & the Contemporary World

Change and Self-correction

Book - 1983
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Charles Hartshorne characterizes this book as “an eloquent and insightful presentation of the claims of Buddhism to the attention of thoughtful people in this country, espe­cially those aware of the widely influential process philosophy and process theology of Whitehead."


Stressing Buddhism as opposed to West­ern philosophy, Jacobson concentrates on the theme of the self-corrective nature of Buddhism, ending with a strong emphasis on “self-surpassing Oneness." Introducing the reader to the major perspectives of Buddhist philosophy, he notes that “the more fully awakened we become to the moments that are the real event, the more we will recog­nize how much we need each other to enrich these nows, and the less tempted we will be to serve that abstract and false self."


Because everything on earth is a part of everything else, an organic whole, even the most enlightened self-interest is irrational and destructive. The rational person seeks to “infuse the life we live with the novel qualities of each now." The rational person further struggles to “free himself from the one-sided, self-justifying cultural cocoons that have dwarfed and warped his awareness and crippled cross-cultural communica­tions," according to Jacobson. Buddhism of­fers the only alternative to the enervated economic, political, diplomatic, and military measures presently used to “cope with un­derlying disaster."

Publisher: Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, [1983]
Copyright Date: ©1983
ISBN: 9780809310524
Branch Call Number: 294.342 Jac
Characteristics: xii, 190 pages ; 23 cm


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