Overview for Essays on Dependent Origination and Momentariness
The present work is a collection of papers, written during the period 1977-90. The first, second and fifth papers mentioned in the â€˜Contentsâ€™ are slightly revised versions of earlier drafts published in Journal of Indian Philosophy and Indian Philosophical Quarterly. The sixth paper is a rechristened version of a paper which will be published, very soon, in The Indian Journal of Buddhist Studies. The remaining five papers are unpublished. These papers deal mainly with two important concepts of the Buddhist religio-philosophical system, viz. those of dependent origination and momentariness. These related concepts lend support to many a significant Buddhist doctrine, e.g., â€˜no-soulâ€™, â€˜impermanenceâ€™ and â€˜relativityâ€™. The papers point out the different interpretations which both these concepts received at the various stages of the development of Buddhist thought. Besides throwing light on some Buddhist metaphysical concepts, the papers highlight important observations of Buddhist logicians on some logical issues.
Rita Gupta (Author)
Rita Gupta (b. 1938) obtained B.A. and M.A. degrees from Calcutta University and M.Phil and Ph.D. degrees from London University in Philosophy. She worked as a Lecturer in Universities like NEHU, Shilong, Visva-Bharati and Reader in Visva-Bharati, before becoming Professor in Philosophy and Comparative Religion in Visva-Bharati from which post she retired in 2003. She was a visiting scholar in Manchester University and a Spalding Trust scholar for work on Buddhism with the assistance of Late B.K. Matilal (Spalding Professor of Eastern Religion and Ethics). Her publications include 25 papers and 15 book reviews in Indian and international journals and a book Essays on Dependent Origination and Momentariness (1990). She has written on moral philosophy, theories of action and Western epistemology and comparative religions. She has presented papers and occasionally chaired sessions in about 35 conferences in India and abroad (Italy, Taiwan, Mexico, Switzerland and UK).