Dr. Paul Fuller joins us to speak about ditthi, or views, in Buddhism.
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Have you ever heard someone offer their opinion, and their passionate sharing seemed to indicate more attachment than understanding? Or perhaps the view was very valid in one context, but might not have been as good a fit in another. Or perhaps you’ve been that person with the rock solid view, certainly I’ve made that mistake and continue to do so, it’s part of the complexity of being human. So what does Theravada tradition have to tell us about views, in particular how we might distinguish between right and wrong views?
Paul Fuller has a PhD in Buddhist Studies from the University of Bristol. He has taught Religious Studies at Universities in Southeast Asia, the University of Sydney in Australia and at Bath Spa University in the UK. and is currently lecturing in Buddhist Studies at the University of Cardiff. His research interests include early Indian Buddhist philosophy, the Buddhist ideas of Aung San Suu Kyi and the prevalence of blasphemy in Buddhist culture.
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