New PDF release: Alone with Others: An Existential Approach to Buddhism

By Stephen Batchelor

ISBN-10: 0802196489

ISBN-13: 9780802196484

By myself with Others is a uniquely modern advisor to knowing the undying message of Buddhism, and particularly its relevance in genuine human family. It used to be encouraged by means of Shantideva’s advisor to the Bodhisattava’s lifestyle, the oral directions of residing Buddhist masters, Martin Heidegger’s vintage Being and Time, and the writings of the Christian theologians Paul Tillich and John MacQuarrie.

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To Smart, "a mystic of one religion and some mystic of another faith can have what is substantially a similar experience"ll4, and the differences in expressions or interpretations are due to the ramifying effect of various doctrinal schemes ll5 . Dupre is even more explicit in writing that "only subsequent interpretations distinguish one mysticism from another"116. T. Stace, the unitive mystical experience is everywhere the same, the differences being only in interpretation. 117 There are, however, two basic types of mystical experience, the introvertive and the 108 109 110 111 112 113 Holm 1987,34.

190 Fischer 1971, 902. Fischer sees the rebound only as a physiological protective mechanism. 191 See above pp. 26-28. 192 Forman 1990b, 7. 193 Fischer 1971, 897. 45 actly on the continua a person's experience can be said to turn to mystical. What is needed in this study, is some criteria on the basis of which an experience can be definitely said to be mystical. The three characteristics of mystical experience I have adopted the criteria for mystical experiences from Paul Griffiths, who divides mystical experiences in three types, according to whether the state of consciousness is (1) pure, (2) unmediated and/or (3) nondualistic '94 .

The state of isolation of the uncreated soul from all that is other than itself belongs to monistic religious mysticism like Vedanta where only the Absolute really exists. In a monistic mystical experience one feels his or her soul is unified with the Absolute so that the phenomenal world is no longer experienced. 129 Another type of religious mysticism is theistic, in which man feels his or her soul to be united with God by love. God, however, is felt to be so incomparably greater than man that a total fusion with God and annihilation of the human soul can never take place.

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