Buddhism and Platonism
by, 28th-April-2013 at 05:28 PM (9531 Views)
I am quite new to Buddhism but I am beginning to understand that one of the fondamental ideas is that we are always deluded due to the hindrances, and never seethings as they actually are except after experiencing jhanas. This seems to me in some ways like Plato's simile of the cave, in which people chained to their seat see shadows on the wall and mistake them for reality. Plato also thought that reality was not accessiblle to the realm of the five senses, though unlike the Buddha he did think that there was a permanent reality (the essences). Has anyone investigated the connections and differences between Buddhism and Platonism or has any thoughts on this?