vasubandhu at earthlink.net
Mon Jun 7 11:34:23 MDT 2010
> It reminds me of the early Samkhya philosophy, where the ego is a
> product of buddhi or intelligence, which is a product of puruśa or mind.
> Was not one of the teachers of the Buddha supposed to be a Samkhyin?
Minor correction. Buddhi is part of prakrti, one of the 24 tattvas on the
prakrti -- not purusa -- side. It does have a special relationship with
purusa, however, in that it reflects the light of purusa, lighting up the
rest of prakrti. According to classical Samkhya, purusa is entirely
non-causal, only prakrti causes anything, i.e., produces "products."
There is no mention of Samkhya in the Pali Nikayas that I am aware of
(anyone have controverting evidence?), but Asvaghosa does have Samkhya play
an important role in Gautama's education -- he depicts Buddha's awakening as
basically going just one step beyond Samkhya.
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