Different Lives, Same Ideas (How Nietzsche May Yet Become the West’s Own Buddha)
This book examines Nietzsche’s claim that he could be the "Buddha of the West." A close reading of his texts shows substantial similarities with the Buddha’s teachings, suggesting a potential basis and a potentially promising future for a Western Buddhism that would be based on Nietzsche’s philosophy. The book first provides a brief comparative biography of Nietzsche and the Buddha and then a review of the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path and of what there is in Nietzsche’s writings that is his equivalent to those teachings.
While the West often looks to neuroscience to validate the Buddhist teachings and practices, this book suggests it would be better to study Nietzsche’s thought to discover not only validation for Buddhist teachings but the very foundation of a "Buddhism" that is of the West, by the West, and for the West.
Grateful acknowledgment is made to Paolo D’Iorio for permission to cite from Friedrich Nietzsche, Digitale Kritische Gesamtaufgabe Werke und Briefe (Digital critical edition of the complete works and letters), based on the critical text by Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, edited by Paolo D’Iorio, Paris, Nietzsche Source, 2009, www.nietzschesource.org/eKGWB. The translations are mine. The way source locations are indicated is explained in note 1 of the Preface.←ix | x→ ←x | xi→
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