An Analysis of the Existentialism in Theravada Buddhist Philosophy

By: Shimo Sraman  

In this paper has three objectives to analyze which are to study jean-Paul Sartre’s concept of the Existentialism, to study the concept of the existentialism in Theravada Buddhist philosophy, and to critically analyze the existentialism according to the concept of Theravada Buddhist Philosophy. It is found that: in relation with the first objective, it’s found that Sartre’s existentialism is of two characteristics of phenomenology: the ontological concept processing two kinds of beings, namely ‘the being in itself’ and ‘being for itself’ and the concept of humanism concerning the existence of human being that preceded the essence, in relation with the second objective, it is found that the concept of existentialism in Buddhist philosophy consists of two parts: the metaphysical concept concerning the existence of materiality and immateriality together with the law of causation and the concept in terms of humanism regarded as the five aggregates-the non-ego, in relation with the third objective, it’s found that the concept of existentialism in Buddhist philosophy is focused on the human being which is not just a living being but to live consciously with the awareness of phenomenon is real existent because the only existence is not the true goal but attainment of Nibbana (ultimate goal).

Existence, Consciousness, Subjective
Religious Foundations
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Mr Shimo Sraman

Shanxi, China

Venerable Shimo Sraman was born in 1990, Bangaldesh. He was ordinated as a Buddhist Monk in 2008 and becomes an exclusive member of the Shupreme Sangha Council, Bangladesh. He obtained B.A Hons. with the department of Budhist Studies at Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University, Ayutthaya, Thailand. In 2015, he was appointed to play an active role in the missionary activities at northern Bangladesh, particularly to work on socio-cultural and education development of the neglected people's and taught them to develop their ethical aspects for resolving conflicts in daily life. In 2016, he was appointed as a teacher at Wat Mai Amatarot School, Bangkok when he was coming back in Thailand. Right now, he is pursuing M.A degree at Shanxi University under the department of Tourism management.