By Jack Kornfield
Loved Western Buddhist grasp Kornfield makes recognized his own, sensible knowledge, garnered from 25 years of training and instructing the trail of awakening, as he publications self-searchers to a simplicity of notion that brings alive non secular perform, peace, and fact of their day-by-day lives.
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This much is clear from Origen himself, for whom the allegorical interpretation of scripture and participation in Christian liturgical practices is not to be divorced from the inspiration of the mystical experience of the divine. The separation of these various aspects of the mystical and the elevation of one aspect, the experiential, above all others is a product of the modern era. It is important to bear in mind, therefore, the extent to which the contemporary study of mysticism is carried out in the main by scholars wearing psychologically tinted lenses.
The semantic shift, represented by Lactantius’ discussion, transforms one’s entire conception of the nature of religion. In the early Christian context, one consequence of this shift, of course, was the construction of a plethora of heretical movements inculcating what could now be seen as various forms of heterodox belief systems. We should bear in mind that, in a ‘pagan’ context, questions of truth and falsity were simply not applicable to religio. How could traditions and practices be described as either true or false?
We should be aware, therefore, that the central explanatory category of religious studies, namely the notion of ‘religion’ itself, is a Christian theological category. Like the terms ‘mystical’ and ‘mysticism’, ‘religion’ is a culturally specific social construction with a particular genealogy of its own. In applying this category to the study of non-Western cultures, one should be aware of the theological origins of the term. Indeed for scholars like Balagangadhara its is highly questionable to even assume that there are such things as ‘religions’ outside a Christian-influenced context.
A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life by Jack Kornfield