The Buddha’s Middle Way - Experiential Judgement in his Life and Teaching - Robert M. Ellis

The Buddha’s Middle Way - Experiential Judgement in his Life and Teaching - Robert M. Ellis

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The Buddha’s Middle Way - Experiential Judgement in his Life and Teaching - Robert M. Ellis

Robert M. Ellis [+-]
Middle Way Society
Robert M Ellis has a Ph.D. in Philosophy and a Cambridge BA in Oriental Studies and Theology. Originally from a Christian background, he spent about 20 years practising Buddhism, including as a member of the Triratna Order. However, he now describes himself as a Middle Way practitioner without exclusive loyalty to any one religious tradition. Over the last 20 years he has developed Middle Way Philosophy, initially in his Ph.D. thesis. This is best described as a practical and integrative philosophical approach, incorporating many elements not only from Buddhism but also from psychology, neuroscience, and other aspects of Western thought. In 2013 he founded the Middle Way Society (www.middlewaysociety.org) to develop and apply Middle Way Philosophy beyond the limitations of the Buddhist tradition, both in theory and practice. Robert has earned a living for more than 20 years as a teacher and tutor of philosophy and related subjects. He has previously published both academic and introductory books about Middle Way Philosophy, and recently a parallel book on Christianity, ‘The Christian Middle Way’.

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The Middle Way is universal and can be discussed independently of the Buddha, but nevertheless, writing about the Buddha can provide inspiring access to it. This book uses Buddhist texts for their content rather than appealing to their authority, aiming to present the nature of the Middle Way through the Buddha and his teachings, and judging it by entirely pragmatic criteria. It builds on previous work about the Middle Way independent of Buddhist tradition.

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Ellis, Robert. Introduction. The Buddha’s Middle Way - Experiential Judgement in his Life and Teaching. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 1-7 May 2019. ISBN 9781781798201. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=36781. Date accessed: 14 Oct 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.36781. May 2019

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