By Jack Kornfield
Cherished Western Buddhist grasp Kornfield makes recognized his own, useful knowledge, garnered from 25 years of working towards and instructing the trail of awakening, as he publications self-searchers to a simplicity of belief that brings alive non secular perform, peace, and fact of their day-by-day lives.
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The mystical becomes an aspect of religion that is pre-eminently individualistic and private in nature. This characterization is of course a stereotype. Mystics are not necessarily quietistic, antisocial hermits, nor have they always been unconcerned with issues of social justice, poverty, sexual inequality, and so on. However, once this is acknowledged one must be wary of adopting the other extreme of representing mystics as social and political revolutionaries. This, of course, is little more than a reversal of the original stereotype.
Silencing the Orient: the absence of ‘the mystical’ in histories of philosophy It has become commonplace in the modern era to consider mystics, their writings and the phenomenon of mysticism in general as being in some sense antithetical to rationality. Specifically the characterization of Indian religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism as mystical has also tended to support the exclusion of Hindus and Buddhists from the realm of rationality. I have argued elsewhere that Western philosophers (especially in the AngloAmerican analytic tradition) have tended to construct a secularized image of their discipline as the exercise of ‘pure rationality’.
E. transforms it into an event of cosmic and eternal significance. It is through the Eucharistic celebration that the Christian may enter into communion with the timeless realm of God. As Bouyer’s work suggests, there is a place in the early Christian tradition for an understanding of the mystical as a form of contemplative experience (the direct apprehension of the divine), but this is not to be divorced from the scriptural and liturgical dimensions of the mystical. This much is clear from Origen himself, for whom the allegorical interpretation of scripture and participation in Christian liturgical practices is not to be divorced from the inspiration of the mystical experience of the divine.
A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life by Jack Kornfield