Sarkar on the Buddha's four noble truths

Kang, Chris (2011) Sarkar on the Buddha's four noble truths. Philosophy East and West, 61 2: 303-323. doi:10.1353/pew.2011.0016

Author Kang, Chris
Title Sarkar on the Buddha's four noble truths
Journal name Philosophy East and West   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0031-8221
Publication date 2011-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1353/pew.2011.0016
Volume 61
Issue 2
Start page 303
End page 323
Total pages 21
Place of publication Honolulu, HI, U.S.A.
Publisher University of Hawaiʻi Press
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This is a critical comparison of two important figures, one ancient and one contemporary, in the Indian religious landscape: Gotama Buddha and Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar. Such comparison of their key ideas and practices is warranted for two reasons. First, Sarkar, a neo-Hindu thinker and reformer, has both praised the Buddha's humanism and criticized the Buddhist doctrine of the Four Noble Truths, and it is of interest to examine exactly where Sarkar stands in relation to the Buddha and to Buddhism as a whole. It is particularly interesting to examine in what ways Sarkar's teachings are an attempt to find an alternative to Buddhism. Second, it is of academic interest to explore the accuracy of Sarkar's interpretations of the Buddha's teachings and the problem of their acceptability to Buddhists. This essay argues for the commensurability of the Sarkarian and Buddhist emancipatory ethic despite real doctrinal and practical differences, and suggests that Sarkarian and Buddhist approaches can each contribute to the alleviation of human suffering both individual and collective.
Keyword Nibbana
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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