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Two Truths in Buddhism


Thakchoe, S, Two Truths in Buddhism, The Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Religion, Wiley (In Press) [Research Book Chapter]


The two truths (Pali sacca Skt. satya) are conventional (Pali sammuti Skt. saṃvṛti) and ultimate (paramattha Skt. paramārtha). The two truths distinction may have emerged initially as a hermeneutic device which the later interpreters employed to reconcile apparent inconsistent statements in the Buddhist scriptures. The two truths doctrine nevertheless came to hold a central philosophical position in Buddhist semantics, ontology, epistemology and soteriology in the majority of philosophical schools including Theravāda, Vaibhāṣika, Sautrāntika and Madhyamaka

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:two truths, ultimate truth, conventional truth, conventional reality, ultimate reality
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Other philosophy and religious studies
Research Field:Other philosophy and religious studies not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Thakchoe, S (Dr Sonam Thakchoe)
ID Code:131411
Year Published:In Press
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP160100947)
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2019-03-18
Last Modified:2021-07-15

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