Deleuze, Spinoza and the Question of Reincarnation in the Mahāyāna Tradition

  • Simon Duffy


In the spirit of the Dalai Lama’s interest to provide an account of a secular foundation to ethics in Beyond Religion (2011, p. xiv), on the basis that everyone wants to avoid suffering, what I aim to develop in this paper is a secular foundation to the concept of reincarnation that is consistent with the different ways in which this concept is understood across a number of Buddhist traditions, drawing in particular upon the doctrinal understanding of reincarnation in the Mahāyāna or Madhyamaka tradition as presented in the work of Śāntideva and Nāgārjuna.


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  • Simon Duffy
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  1. 1.Yale-NUS CollegeSingaporeSingapore

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