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Title: Wisdom traditions and the ways of reduction
Language of title: English
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Author/Creator: Francisco J. Varela, 1946-2001
Natalie Depraz


The book On Becoming Aware seeks a disciplined and practical approach to exploring human experience. While much of the book draws its inspiration from the phenomenological theories of Husserl, other approaches to the direct study of experience are also explored in depth.

One of these approaches is embodied by the world's spiritual or wisdom or contemplative traditions such as Sufism, Buddhism, the Philokalia tradition, and others. Collectively, these traditions have come upon a variety of their own insights and methods for understanding experience, or, to use words from the phenomenological tradition, has developed its own ways of phenomenological reduction Amongst the various wisdom traditions, the authors focus mainly on Buddhism. The authors give an introduction to Buddhist theory and history, followed by an in-depth discussion of the Buddhist contemplative practices of mindfulness, śamatha, vipaśyanā, tonglen (gtong len), lojong (blo sbyong), dzokchen (rdzogs chen), and mahāmudrā. The authors then relate this discussion to themes from philosophy and phenomenology explored earlier in the book, paricularly Husserl's concept of épochè. (Zach Rowinski 2005-01-17)

Publisher Place: Amsterdam
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company
Normalized publisher place: Philadelphia, PA
Publisher country: United States
Publisher URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/welcome.cgi
Published Date: 2003
Subject: Dzokchen (rdzogs chen)
Vajrayāna Buddhism
Abhidharma (chos mngon pa)
Phenomenological reduction
Mahāmudrā (phyag rgya chen po)
Mahāyāna Buddhism
Lojong (blo sbyong)
Mental factors
śūnyatā (stong nyid)
Philokalia tradition
Hīnayāna Buddhism
Classification: Buddhism and Science -- Buddhism -- Tibetan Buddhism
Buddhism and Science -- Buddhism -- Vajrayāna Buddhism
Buddhism and Science -- Buddhism -- Contemplative Practices -- Calm Abiding (zhi gnas, śamatha)
Buddhism and Science -- Buddhism -- Contemplative Practices -- Insight Meditation (lhag mthong, vipaśyanā)
Buddhism and Science -- Buddhism -- Contemplative Practices -- Mindfulness Meditation
Buddhism and Science -- Buddhism -- Contemplative Practices -- Dzokchen (rdzogs chen)
Buddhism and Science -- International Science -- Cognitive Science -- Consciousness Studies
Buddhism and Science -- Related Humanities -- Philosophy -- Modern Philosophy -- Phenomenology
Buddhism and Science -- Buddhism -- Contemplative Practices -- Mahāmudrā (phyag rgya chen po)
Buddhism and Science -- International Science -- Neuroscience -- Cognitive Neuroscience
Buddhism and Science -- Buddhism -- Abhidharma (chos mngon pa)
Cultural Coverage: Euro-American
Temporal coverage: 20th century CE
21st century CE
Language: English
Interface Language: English
Series Title: Advances in Consciousness Research
Series editor: Maxim I. Stamenov
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Source URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=AiCR%2043
Source: On becoming aware : a pragmatics of experiencing
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Source Page Numbers: 205-231
ISBN/ISSN: 9027251673 (Eur.) 9027251630 (Eur.) 1588112438 (US hb : alk. paper) 1588112160 (US pb : alk. paper)

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Date Of Record Creation: 2005-03-21 13:03:03
Date Record Checked: 2005-03-21
Date Last Modified: 2005-12-22 11:20:05
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