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Re: [akandabaratam] Re: [Pali] The Buddha's racial appearance

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  • K. Loganathan
    Dear Paul The Westerners have a mental weakness and from the days of Aristotle, In rejecting Plato they also neglected genuine metaphysics and can think only
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      Dear Paul

      The Westerners have a mental weakness and from the days of Aristotle, In rejecting Plato they also neglected genuine metaphysics and can think only in terms of the physical, This while has led to the development of physical sciences has also led to the negect of human sciences.

      The bulk of Western thinkers are forced into bringing the racial categories into the study of man only because they cannot see the metaphysical dimensions.

      They can be scienctific only positively but not hermeneutically. Gautama Buddha introduced or developed further the hermeneutic sciences by way of freeing the people from the hold of sastra-devils the Brahmins

      As I continue my studies of Dhammapada and recover Pali as another variont of SumeroTamil, I shall write more essays on early Buddhism and the remarkable mental revolution it initiated in world culture.

      Loga

      Paul Kekai Manansala <p.manansala@...> wrote:
      --- In akandabaratam@yahoogroups.com, "K. Loganathan" <ulagankmy@...>
      wrote:
      >
      > Just wondering: Was Gautama Buddha a <representative of Ariya higher
      varna> as claimed below? I am shocked for I thought Buddha preached
      against VarNa Thinking. Am I wrong here? Is this an attempt to
      introduce the typical European racialism into Buddhism which has not
      seen any racialism at all and does not condone it right from the
      beginning.
      >
      >

      Yes, Dr. Loga, this is classic European racialism. Be great if we
      could just ignore it, but sometimes you have to fight this kind of cancer.

      Regards,
      Paul Kekai Manansala
      http://sambali.blogspot.com/





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