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Yet my experience of Zen was empowering — it affirmed the value of imagination and creativity in Dharma practice, it gave me the courage to speak out in my own voice. I would alan wallace the first to recognize that this can be a risky and hazardous endeavor.

I am only too aware alan wallace I will be accused of arrogance or worse.

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Alan wallace times I am assailed by doubts. Yet for better or worse, this is the way my path has unfolded, and I feel a responsibility for those who seem to benefit from what I say.

If you alan wallace those Upanishads that scholars regard as pre-dating the Buddha, you will find plenty of passages that talk of a continuity of life after death and the need for the soul to liberate itself from this cycle by achieving union with the absolute reality of God.

The Buddha goes a step further and takes the soul out of the equation as well, though, curiously, provides no explanation of what is or ceases to be alan wallace. Comparative Studies alan wallace Greek and Indian Philosophies, the view of rebirth was widespread throughout the whole of antiquity from India to Greece, and accepted by Pythagoras, who preceded the Buddha, and Socrates, who was his contemporary.

On the contrary, when reading the Pali discourses, one has the overriding impression that speaker and audience are in broad agreement on what rebirth means.

I recognize that the Buddha or his followers refined and developed the rebirth doctrine as part of their distinctive scheme of salvation, but this is a Buddhist contribution alan wallace the evolution of an established concept, rather than a departure to something different.

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I was glad to see that you quoted the Kalama Sutta as an authoritative source in your essay. At the very least it suggests that he did not regard belief in alan wallace to be necessary for all those who followed his teaching.


Since the Kalama people are thought to have lived outside the area of Alan wallace cultural influence, alan wallace text offers us a glimpse as to how the Buddha, were he still alive, might address an audience in the West today.

For me, the most economic and compelling account is found in The Noble Quest Majjhima, 26where the Buddha tells his story from the renunciation to his decision to teach. When he describes the awakening, there is no mention at all of remembering past lives.

His awakening consists of his seeing conditioned origination from the perspective of the cessation of craving.

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The doctrine of rebirth is not inconsistent with these accounts, and I expect you will respond by saying that they can only be really understood by framing them in that context.

I would claim, however, that they provide an adequate basis alan wallace developing a coherent, alan wallace sound, secular interpretation of the Dharma that has no need at all for belief in multiple lifetimes.

Co-authored with Brian Hodel. The Unification of Physics and Alan wallace. Where Buddhism and Neuroscience Converge.

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Toward a New Science of Consciousness. Oxford University Press, Consciousness at the Crossroads: Conversations with the Alan wallace Lama on Brain-science and Buddhism. We also begin to engage more deeply in shamatha meditation practice.

Like Reflections in a Mirror In this lesson, Alan Alan wallace takes us through the Dzogchen understanding of the nature of awareness and shows us how we can free ourselves from dualistic grasping—seeing instead that phenomena are like reflections in a mirror.

About the Teacher B. Also, we organise workshops and talks led by other contemplatives.

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