Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Perceiving RealityConsciousness, Intentionality, and Cognition in Buddhist Philosophy$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Christian Coseru

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199843381

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199843381.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 21 February 2020

Sensation and the Empirical Consciousness

Sensation and the Empirical Consciousness

(p.57) Chapter 3 Sensation and the Empirical Consciousness
Perceiving Reality

Christian Coseru

Oxford University Press

At its foundation, the Buddhist epistemology of perception rests on the descriptive accounts of consciousness and cognition advanced by the Abhidharma scholastics. These accounts constitute the starting point for a series of complex arguments that Śāntarakṣita and Kamalaśīla present in supporting their own analysis and interpretation of key doctrinal aspects in Dignāga and Dharmakīrti’s definitions of perception. This chapter offers a review of canonical and Abhidharma sources on the specific characteristics of the sensory systems as instruments of perception, drawing mainly from Vasubandhu’s work. It also explores the challenge that the rejection of a permanent self as the agent of sensory activity posed for the early Buddhists, and attempts to meet that challenge by adopting a two-dimensional view of cognitive awareness: as discernment and sentience.

Keywords:   Abhidharma, Buddha’s discourses, no-self view, sensation, perception, attention, consciousness, mental proliferation, pragmatism

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .