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The Golden Age of Indian Buddhist Philosophy$
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Jan Westerhoff

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198732662

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198732662.001.0001

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Concluding Remarks

Concluding Remarks

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(p.282) Concluding Remarks
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The Golden Age of Indian Buddhist Philosophy
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Jan Westerhoff

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198732662.003.0006

This section summarizes three main conclusions about the Buddhist philosophical enterprise: 1. Assessing different parts of Buddhist literature according to the question whether this is ‘what the Buddha really taught’ is not very helpful. 2. Buddhist philosophy is intricately bound up with the performance of cognitive exercises or meditative techniques. 3. It is important to engage with the problems and concepts the Indian Buddhist texts are concerned with in a systematic manner.

Keywords:   authenticity of the Buddha’s teaching, meditation, cognitive exercises, systematic engagement with philosophical texts, Buddhist literature

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