The Doctrine of Awakening: The Attainment of Self-Mastery According to the Earliest Buddhist Texts

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, 1996 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 246 pages
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In a probing analysis of the oldest Buddhist texts, Julius Evola places the doctrine of liberation in its original context. The early teachings, he suggests, offer the foremost example of an active spirituality that is opposed to the more passive, modern forms of theistic religions. This sophisticated, highly readable analysis of the theory and practice of Buddhist asceticism, first published in Italian in 1943 , elucidates the central truths of the eightfold path and clears away the later accretions of Buddhist doctrine. Evola describes the techniques for conscious liberation from the world of maya and for achieving the state of transcendence beyond dualistic thinking. Most surprisingly, he argues that the widespread belief in reincarnation is not an original Buddhist tenet. Evola presents actual practices of concentration and visualization, and places them in the larger metaphysical context of the Buddhist model of mind and universe.
The Doctrine of the Awakening is a provocative study of the teachings of the Buddha by one of Europe's most stimulating thinkers.
 

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Contents

Varieties of Ascesis
3
The Aryanness of the Doctrine of Awakening
13
The Historical Context of the Doctrine of Awakening
21
Destruction of the Demon of Dialectics
38
The Flame and Samsaric Consciousness
44
Conditioned Genesis
57
Determination of the Vocations
73
The Qualities of the Combatant and the Departure
95
The Four Jhana The Irradiant Contemplations
146
The States Free from Form and the Extinction
165
Discrimination Between the Powers
183
Phenomenology of the Great Liberation
191
Signs of the Nonpareil
203
The Void If the Mind Does Not Break
212
Up to Zen
220
The Ariya Are Still Gathered on the Vultures Peak
231

Defense and Consolidation
107
Rightness
118
Sidereal Awareness The Wounds Close
130

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\A controversial philosopher and critic of modern Western civilization, Julius Evola (1898-1974) wrote widely on Eastern religions, alchemy, sexuality, politics, and mythology. Inner Traditions has published his Eros and the Mysteries of Love: The Metaphysics of Sex, The Yoga of Power, The Hermetic Tradition, Revolt against the Modern World and Mystery of the Grail

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