Is there a difference between having Buddhism as a philosophy and Buddhist philosophy?

Is there a difference between having Buddhism as a philosophy and Buddhist philosophy?

Question by Jcd: Is there a difference between having Buddhism as a philosophy and Buddhist philosophy?
I mean, Buddhist philosophy itself is about their traditions, culture and stuff but I think Buddhism “as a” philosophy means another thing. Am I getting it wrong? Are they just conveying the same things?
@Sisyphus: True, but what I really mean is that, if there is a difference. The Buddhist Philosophy teaches its ways. But what about Buddhism as a philosophy? Does it impart external views about the religion? I’m not having it as some form of exercise.. I just need it for a my research.

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Answer by Sisyphus
In other words, can a person cherry pick what suits them from the Buddhist teachings or do they have to follow all of it? Buddhism leaves the option open to the person… or does it? These are all jsut concepts, which are all emptiness anyway, making this exercise somewhat unnecessary.

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  1. RudyHAug 24, 2011

    Not quite sure what you are trying to differentiate between.
    In my understanding, Buddhist philosophy deals with the ways of thinking from a Buddhist standpoint. Obviously, there are many traditions within Buddhism, so also different philosophical schools.
    Having Buddhism ‘as a philosophy’ could perhaps mean to some people, that it is merely a theoretical way of thinking, but not something you want to practice. However, the Buddha himself taught very clearly that his teachings were not intended to be a theoretical scholarly exercise, but instead his teachings are intended to enable beings to rid themselves of suffering permanently. So if fact, the Buddha explained Buddhism to be a practice, and the philosophy is just a means to explain what to practice.

    That make any sense?

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