Nietzsche and Buddhism

30 08 2007

Dukkha, Inaction, and Nirvana: Suffering, Weariness, and Death?
A look at Nietzsche’s Criticisms of Buddhist Philosophy

-by Omar Moad / The Philosopher, Volume LXXXXII No. 1

“A dialogue in the Sutta-Nipata presents the Buddha responding as follows to an enquiry on competing metaphysical theories. ‘Apart from consciousness’, he says, ‘no divers truths exist. Mere sophistry declares this ‘true’ and that view ‘false’.’ A similar notion appears in Nietzsche’s Will to Power:

‘Judging is our oldest faith; it is our habit of believing this to be true or false, of asserting or denying, our certainty that something is thus and not otherwise, our belief that we really ‘know’ what is believed to be true in all judgments?’ “


Anti Matters

29 08 2007

Anti Matters Vol 1, No 1:

“An open-access journal addressing issues in science and the humanities from nonmaterialistic perspectives”

From the inaugural Editorial:

‘So what is in this first issue of AntiMatters?

The first item (“What Buddhist Meditation has to Tell Psychology About the Mind”) is a plenary address to the American Psychological Association delivered on August 23 of 2002 (eight days late!) by Eleanor Rosch and published here for the first time. Rosch explains why Eastern traditions, particularly Buddhist thought and meditation, can reveal a quite new understanding of what the human mind and its knowing capacity actually are. She is critical of biological and psychological approaches to meditative and religious experiences since in taking our present versions of the body and the mind for granted they marginalize these experiences.’

Rumi says,

29 08 2007

“We seldom hear the inner music / But we’re all dancing to it nevertheless”