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David Hume, the Buddha, and a search for the Eastern roots of the Western Enlightenment

lobsterlobster Veteran
edited May 2016 in Faith & Religion

What a tale ... wonderful ... long by NewBuddhist standards but worth the time ...

I was unaware of this early connection ...



  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator
    edited May 2016

    So the birth, knowledge and growth of Buddhism in the West could be said to have been precipitated by a hitherto-unknown and anonymous Italian Jesuit Missionary.


    Intriguing, the vice-like grip of censorship the Vatican had....

    Incidentally, 'Desideri' means 'fervent wishes'.... It fits, I think, with the Author's own inexhaustible desire to research and get to the bottom of things.

    Great article.

  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    Negative Theology has a long history in Christian mysticism, going back to Greek ideas, which also influenced early Dharma.

    Ay curumba. Buddhism is Western! Send out the Evangelical Monks to convert the heathen Sangha ... :3

  • personperson Don't believe everything you think 'Merica! Veteran

    It really drew me in right from the start like any good book does. In my own learning about philosophy Hume often comes up as one of people's favorites.

  • karastikarasti Breathing Minnesota Moderator

    This is fabulous. Thank you for sharing it!!

  • KeromeKerome Love, love is mystery The Continent Veteran

    Great piece of writing, I very much enjoyed the introduction to David Hume. Thank you!

  • genkakugenkaku Northampton, Mass. U.S.A. Veteran

    Terrific article.

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