What the Buddha Thought - Richard Gombrich

What the Buddha Thought - Richard Gombrich


What the Buddha Thought - Richard Gombrich

Richard Gombrich
Oxford University


I have been motivated to write this book mainly by two feelings: admiration and exasperation. My admiration is for the Buddha, whom I consider to be one of the greatest thinkers ñ and greatest personalities ñ of whom we have record in human history. Ranking people in an order of merit is a pursuit fit only for parlour games, but I maintain that the Buddha belongs in the same class as Plato and Aristotle, the giants who created the tradition of western philosophy. I think that his ideas should form part of the education of every child, the world over, and that this would help to make the world a more civilized place, both gentler and more intelligent.

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Gombrich, Richard . Introduction. What the Buddha Thought. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 1 - 18 Aug 2009. ISBN 9781845536145. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=19097. Date accessed: 07 Jul 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.19097. Aug 2009

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