Document Type

Article

Journal or Conference Title

Listening: Journal of Religion and Culture

ISSN

0024-4414

Volume

24

Issue

1

First Page

67

Last Page

78

Publication Date

Winter 1989

Department

Religion and Philosophy

Abstract

"In his Buddhist Meditation, Edward Conze puts it plainly: 'Meditational practices constitute the very core of the Buddhist approach to life.'1 To presume that the wisdom gained from mental culture is equally available to intellectual analysis, even of the highly refined and subtle, sort, is to presume that a job requiring a laser can be done equally will with a blowtorch. The Buddha's deepest insights are available to the intellect, and powerfully so, but it is only when those insights are discovered and absorbed, by a psyche made especially keen and receptive by long coursing in meditative discipline, that they begin to find their fullest realization and effectiveness.

Precisely because of the inestimable importance of meditation practice in Buddhism, we shall adopt it as a perspective from which to assess the notion of the 'Triple World,' a Buddhist version of the hierarchical ontology or 'Great Chain of Being' we often find represented in traditional worldviews." ~ from the article

Rights

Copyright © 1989 Aquinas Institute of Philosophy and Theology. Reproduced with permission

Publisher Statement

Originally published as Novak, Philip. (1989). Buddhist Meditation and the Great Chain of Being: Some Misgivings. Listening, 24(1). 67 - 78.

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