Proceedings of the XXIII World Congress of Philosophy

Volume 8, 2018

Comparative and Intercultural Philosophy

Татьяна Владимировна Бернюкевич
Pages 217-223

Компаративистские идеи в необуддийской гностической концепции Б. Дандарона

An original attempt at unification of Eastern and Western European philosophy is presented in B. Dandaron’s work (1914-1974) who created an original system of Neo-Buddhism. If gnosis is understood as a special kind of knowledge, resulted from man’s creative activity to comprehend the world (including rational forms) and a special mystical force descending to it and manifesting itself in intuitive perception of the “divine”, “super-phenomenal” world, then Dandaron’s ideas can be made an organic part of the system of Gnosticism. Dandaron, in developing his conception turns to the philosophies of antiquity, the Christian mystics, the Western European philosophers of the 19th-20th centuries, and the work of the Russian philosopher V. Solovyov. He makes a comparative analysis of various methods of cognition, focusing on intuitive knowledge and the mystic perception of the world. The Neo-Buddhist philosopher aspired to unite religious-philosophical gnosis with the possibility of a “scientific philosophy”. In Dandaron’s view, only in this way it is possible to create an essentially new philosophical system that combines the advantages of Eastern and Western philosophy and has both theoretical and practical significance.