Epistemology

10. Epistemology (viii) Liberation from Existential Suffering

In this post, we discuss the Heart Sutra and how Mahabodhisattva Avalokiteśvara liberates himself from his existential suffering by realizing the equality of the mind…

9. Epistemology (vii): The Five Aggregates – Resolution of the Mind-Body Problem

Our discussion of epistemology started with the Mind-Body Problem. As discussed, the issue of the Mind-Body Problem boils down to the fact that “it is…

8. Epistemology (vi): The Wordless Flower Sermon

In this post, we discuss Buddha’s most unique sermon on epistemology in his Flower Sermon, conducted in response to the question, “If there is any…

7. Epistemology (v) Direct Perception-The Path to Enlightenment

After discussing the use of inferentially connected words as a means of human knowledge and their limitations, in this post, we discuss Buddha’s two means…

6. Epistemology (iv): Kalama Sutta

In this post, we discuss the Kalama Sutta, in which Buddha makes known his opinion regarding using word-based knowledge in the search for an unchanging…

5. Epistemology (iii) How Do We Know What We Know?

The critical role that epistemology plays in correctly understanding Buddhism cannot be overemphasized. In my opinion, only when one understands Buddha’s unique teaching on epistemology…

4. Epistemology (ii): The Mind-Body Problem

Our discussion of epistemology begins with the so-called Mind-Body Problem. As this article defines, the mind-body problem “is a philosophical problem concerning the relationship between…

3. Epistemology (i): Buddha and the Monkey King

Among the heroes in the pantheon of Chinese mythology, the Monkey King takes a prominent position. Monkey King originated from the novel Journey to the…