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Book: What the Buddha Thought

Chapter: Cognition; Language; Nirvana

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.19110


We have seen in Chapter 5 that the Vedic tradition blended (from our perspective: confused) ontology, the question of what exists, with epistemology, the question of what we can know, and how. We have also seen there and in Chapter 8 that the Buddha argued against positing a category of ´being´, and altogether substituted for the question ´What exists?´ the question ´What can we experience?´

Chapter Contributors

  • Richard Gombrich ( - book-auth-480) 'Oxford University'