A Brief Criticism of the ‘Two Paths to Liberation’ Theory

Bhikkhu Anālayo

Abstract


The present paper briefly points out problems with the assumption that the early Buddhist discourses are best read as reflecting a tension between two contrasting accounts of how liberating insight is gained, one of which involves a purely intellectual understanding of the four noble truths and the other relies on absorption attainment as productive of insight in and of itself. 


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