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"...Mystical experiences can come and go, it seems, without altering the fundamental habit patterns and tendencies that vector our behavior. It is precisely this that separates mystical experience from the wider, deeper process of enlightenment. Enlightenment necessarily involves a lasting transformation of character (character is my shorthand for deep structural determinants of consciousness), while mystical experience does not. Enlightenment is an irreducibly moral notion and is, existentially speaking, inversely proportional to stinkerism. At least this is so for Buddhism, the tradition to which we owe, more than to any other, the very notion of enlightenment, and the tradition on which I base the assertions ventured here." ~ from the article
Novak, Philip, "Mystical Experiences and the Search for Human Spiritual Connection" (1990). Collected Faculty and Staff Scholarship. 150.
Copyright © 1990 Taylor and Francis. Reproduced with permission.
Originally published as Philip Novak. "Mystical Experiences and the Search for Human Spiritual Perfection" New Realities Vol. 10 Iss. 6 (1990) p. 23 - 24.