Husserl on the Teachings of the Buddha


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Abstract

A previously untranslated essay by Edmund Husserl on the subject of Buddhism is presented along with a commentary on parallels between the methods of transcendental phenomenology and Buddhism. Eugen Fink's comment that the stages of phenomenological method are essentially stages of Buddhist self-discipline is explored in the context of why Husserl's transcendental phenomenology was not taken up by other phenomenologists. The authors speculate that Husserl may have encountered realms of experience outside that of the majority of phenomenologists due to an advanced level of introspective ability on Husserl's part, that allowed him to access the transcendental domain of experience.

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