Description : "This book links Tibetan Buddhist polemics regarding the realization of ultimate reality with contemporary debates around mystical experience. Komarovski demonstrates how the realization of reality, as understood by Tibetan thinkers, both resembles and challenges the idea of unmediated mystical experience"--
Description : This Book Breaks New Ground By Explaining For The First Time Over Three Hundred Mystical Terms In Buddhist Literature And Their Literally Miraculous Sibyllime Import Within That Literature; Its Extensive Examples Trace Such Miracles And Mystical Elements From The Time Of Buddha`S Birth In The Sixth Century B.C. To The Tenth Century A.D. When Buddhism Has Shed Its Light Beyond The Borders Of Its Homeland.
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Description : The term ''mysticism'' has never been consistently defined or employed, either in religious traditions or in academic discourse. The essays in this volume offer ways of defining what mysticism is, as well as methods for grappling with its complexity in a classroom. This volume addresses the diverse literature surrounding mysticism in four interrelated parts. The first part includes essays on the tradition and context of mysticism, devoted to drawing out and examining the mystical element in many religious traditions. The second part engages traditions and religio-cultural strands in which ''mysticism'' is linked to other terms, such as shamanism, esotericism, and Gnosticism. The volume's third part focuses on methodological strategies for defining ''mysticism,'' with respect to varying social spaces. The final essays show how contemporary social issues and movements have impacted the meaning, study, and pedagogy of mysticism. Teaching Mysticism presents pedagogical reflections on how best to communicate mysticism from a variety of institutional spaces. It surveys the broad range of meanings of mysticism, its utilization in the traditions, the theories and methods that have been used to understand it, and provides critical insight into the resulting controversies.
Description : This volume represents the first book-length treatment in English of one of the greatest mystical writers in Christian history, Jan van Ruusbroec (1293-1381). A careful reading of the texts by the Flemish historian Paul Mommaers focuses on two delicate relationships: that between mysticism and religiosity and that between a mysticism of union in love and the more metaphysical mysticism of unity. Winding in and out of this presentation is a commentary by theologian of religions Jan Van Bragt, which attempts to place the problematic in a wider, interreligious context by contrasting the spiritual path of Buddhism with that of the Christian mystical way. The combined result is not only an original reading of the great Flemish love-mystic, but a groundbreaking attempt to view religious history through the dual lenses of one's own faith and that of the faith of others. Ruusbroec's approach is seen to challenge traditional ideas about differences between the Buddhist and Christian ways and to open new possibilities for further encounters at the level of mystical thought and practice.
Description : Responding to our modern disillusionment with any claims to absolute truth regarding morality or reality, this book offers a conceptual approach for discussing absolutes without denying either the relevance of divergent religious and philosophical teachings or the evidence supporting postmodern and poststructuralist critiques. Case studies of mysticism within Advaita-Ved&_nta Hinduism, M&_dhyamika Buddhism, and Nicene Christianity demonstrate the value of this approach and offer many fresh insights into the metaphysical presuppositions of these religions as well as into the nature and value of mystical experience. Like Douglas Hofstadter's G&_del, Escher, Bach, this book finds ultimate reality to be rationally graspable only as an eternal fugue of pattern and paradox. Yet it does not so much counter other philosophical views as provide a conceptual tool for understanding and classifying incommensurable views.
Description : An Analytical Study Of Uttaratantra That Brings Out The Metaphysical And Mystical Hearings Of Mahayana Buddhism - 8 Chapters - Bibliography - Glossary And Sanskrit Terms - Index.
Description : Written in the popular question-and-answer format, this book examines the beliefs, practices, spirituality and culture of one of the most important families of faith communities, Buddhism.