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What is Liberation According to Gandhi?

This paper was written during my undergraduate studies in the Department of East Asian Studies, Tel Aviv University. It was submitted as part of the Seminar: “The Liberation of Consciousness” Lecturer: Dr. Dani Rave In order to make it easier to orient yourself in the text I have included a table of contents: Introduction Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi Gandhi and Hinduism Gandhi’s Neo-Hinduism Gandhi’s Teachings Liberation According to Gandhi Conclusion Bibliography   Introduction Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (October 2, 1869-January 30, 1948)

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Introduction to Buddhism

Buddhism is a philosophy which was meant to be translated into a way of life. It is about ‘How do I perceive life and my standing in life?’ Buddhism is supposed to bring those who are able, to accept change for themselves. Buddhism is expressed as a proposal for life (it offers a solution). It is not only a way to correctly see reality but also to see reality as a problem that needs a solution. It is an existential

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The Consciousness of Liberation According to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra

“Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra” – One of the most widely translated and researched texts of the philosophy of Yoga. What state of consciousness does the text aim at? As in most things that are written (if not all…) Formulating a position on the matter is a direct function of the translation… The translation of Dr. Yochanan Grinshpon expresses a full experiential extinction – Nivriti. In other translations of the Yoga Sutra there is a slightly different approach to extinction: it is

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Neo-Hinduism- The Spiritual Influence of Yoga Practice

Neo Hinduism claims to be Hinduism but actually it is a new form of Hinduism. Many thinkers in this period in India use the word “modernist” as a description of a follower of Neo Hinduism. In various articles the writers emphasize the difference between India and the West in their approach to “Neo Hinduism”. In the West they tend to relate to the phenomenon as a collection of reforms, in other words – changes (something which turned into something else)

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Introduction to Indian Philosophy

The Indian Philosophical Debate (argument) Who wins the argument? Anyone who doesn’t debate… How did that work? The king would convene an event, invite scholars and set the subject of the debate. The wise men would express different positions. After a few days the decision was made as to who won. Some of the Upanishadic teachings about Atman and Brahman are described in the form of debates. The idea is that philosophy was conducted in a public and open way,

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Ancient Buddhism 

This article was written during my graduate degree at the University of Tel-Aviv in the department of Eastern Asia studies Course name: “The beginning of Buddhism” Teacher: Mr. Evyatar Shulman During the 3rd century king Ashoka rules the Indian empire, which unites many principalities under one main sovereignty. The king, known to persecute Buddhists, converts and becomes a monk himself. Possibly due to this the monk laws written during his time were so strict and uncompromising. Under his ruling a

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Image of the Buddha

This article was written during my graduate degree in the university of Tel-Aviv in the department of Eastern Asia studies Course name: “The beginning of Buddhism” Teacher: Mr. Evyatar Shulman During the work on this paper I have read the Sutras: 1) The Sutra with prince Kumara 2) The Sutra with Bhadali 3) The Sutra with Kitagiri I believe one can assess the image of the Buddha based on these three Sutras. Generally speaking, the Buddha comes across as a

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