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The Cult of Emptiness. the Western Discovery of Buddhist Thought and the Invention of Oriental Philosophy



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Whereas the discovery by Europeans of the continents of our earth has been the subject of countless studies and its protagonists (such as Columbus) are universally known, research on the European discovery of our globe's "spiritual continents" - its religions and philosophies - is still in its infancy. The Christian West's discovery of Asia's largest religion and fount of philosophies, Buddhism, is a case in point: though it triggered one of the most significant and influential spiritual and cultural encounters in world history, even the most basic questions remain unanswered. What did Europeans first learn about Buddhist thought? When and where did this discovery take place and who was involved in it? What kind of Buddhism did they study, how did they understand or misunderstand it, and what were the repercussions of such discoveries in Europe? Based on a wide range of sources in European and Asian languages, Urs App -- the author of The Birth of Orientalism (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010) -- identifies the protagonists of the first Western encounter with Buddhism and shows how their interpretation of Buddhist doctrines led to the invention of a single "Oriental philosophy" reigning from Egypt to Japan: an atheist philosophy anchored in "nothingness" and "emptiness" that was revealed by the Buddha to his closest disciples on his deathbed. Leading thinkers of the Enlightenment came to regard this philosophy as the most ancient form of atheism, the ancestor of Greek philosophy, the precursor of Spinoza, and the fount of mysticism as well as countless heresies including monism, pantheism, quietism, and gnosticism.






Whereas the discovery by Europeans of the continents of our earth has been the subject of countless studies and its protagonists (such as Columbus) are universally known, research on the European discovery of our globe's "spiritual continents" - its religions and philosophies - is still in its infancy. The Christian West's discovery of Asia's largest religion and fount of philosophies, Buddhism, is a case in point: though it triggered one of the most significant and influential spiritual and cultural encounters in world history, even the most basic questions remain unanswered. What did Europeans first learn about Buddhist thought? When and where did this discovery take place and who was involved in it? What kind of Buddhism did they study, how did they understand or misunderstand it, and what were the repercussions of such discoveries in Europe? Based on a wide range of sources in European and Asian languages, Urs App -- the author of The Birth of Orientalism (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010) -- identifies the protagonists of the first Western encounter with Buddhism and shows how their interpretation of Buddhist doctrines led to the invention of a single "Oriental philosophy" reigning from Egypt to Japan: an atheist philosophy anchored in "nothingness" and "emptiness" that was revealed by the Buddha to his closest disciples on his deathbed. Leading thinkers of the Enlightenment came to regard this philosophy as the most ancient form of atheism, the ancestor of Greek philosophy, the precursor of Spinoza, and the fount of mysticism as well as countless heresies including monism, pantheism, quietism, and gnosticism.


This book traces the genesis and proliferation of a particular misconception about Asian religion and philosophythe view that Asian religion and philosophy is at root nihilistic atheistic monistic and amoral. by Urs App . Review of Urs Apps The Cult of Emptiness The Western Discovery of Buddhist Thought and the Invention of Oriental Philosophy By Fabio Gironi Karma accounts supplementary thoughts on Theravda Madhyamaka theosophy and Protestant Buddhism Relig. Urs App The Cult of Emptiness The Western Discovery of Buddhist Thought and the Invention of Oriental Philosophy Wil University Media 2014. The Cult of Emptiness. by E Repphun 2016 The Cult of Emptiness The Western Discovery of Buddhist Thought and the Invention of Oriental Philosophy by Urs App.


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Such questions are often posed as problems to be studied or resolved. In this essay I suggest that the relation of Buddhism and philosophy which prior to the midnineteenth century was framed as the relation of the Religion of Fo to the cult of voidness was reformulated in the selfstyled. by SC Berkwitz 2013 The Cult of Emptiness The Western Discovery of Buddhist Thought and the Invention of Oriental Philosophy by Urs App University Media . Kyoto University Media 2012. 8 Droit Cult 93 97 remarking that Nichts is the last word of Schopenhauers main work Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung 100. Africa Asia and the History of Philosophy Racism in the Formation of the Philosophical Canon SUNY series Philosophy and Race. Orientalistische Literaturzeit 204208 App Urs The Cult of Emptiness.


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