Wang Yangming - Intuitive Understanding / Unity of Knowledge and Action

Discussion in 'Philosophy' started by bkadoctaj, Aug 4, 2008.

  1. Famous Neo-Confucian Wang Yangming, ideal and practical:
  2. I don't see Wang's philosophy as being complex. His philosophy sounds exactly like Dharma, where the concept of Zen originally came from (through Buddha).

    The various Indian religions and philosophy (Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Parsism, Sikhism etc.) have all accorded a central focus to Dharma and advocate its practice. Each of these religions emphasize Dharma as the correct understanding of Nature (or God, as the origin of nature) in their teachings.<sup id="cite_ref-1" class="reference">[2]</sup><sup id="cite_ref-2" class="reference">[3]</sup><sup id="cite_ref-3" class="reference">[4]</sup> In these traditions, beings that live in accordance with Dharma proceed more quickly toward Dharma Yukam, Moksha or Nirvana (personal liberation). Dharma also refers to the teachings and doctrines of the founders of these traditions, such as those of Gautama Buddha and Mahavira. In traditional Hindu society with its caste structure, Dharma constituted the religious and moral doctrine of the rights and duties of each individual. (see dharmasastra). Dharma in its universal meaning shares much in common with the way of Tao or Taoism.
    The antonym of dharma is adharma meaning unnatural or immoral.

  3. The distinction of selfishness being the obstacle between ourselves and our mind within itself is a good analogy.

    This is why Imperialism is incompatible with spirituality.

    Selfishness brings people down from the level of Gods to the level of slaves. This happens because their true self is Oculted by their selfishness; just like the Sun can Occult anything that is behind it.

    Edit: If you study this philosophy a bit further you will see why there was controversy that caused a 'science and nature' forum to be setup.

    Spirituality and Philosophy teaches you how to be at one with nature, so that you can truly know it. But if you just arbitrarily study science and nature, you will never be able to understand it.
  4. Rational thinking (meaning, irrational thinking isn't "correct") is a manner of separation. But is separation natural? Or is ideal oneness more realistic?

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