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By Johannes Bronkhorst

ISBN-10: 3906000249

ISBN-13: 9783906000244

This booklet argues for the imperative function performed via absorption within the functioning of the human brain. the significance of absorption makes itself felt in numerous methods; the 2 stories mixed during this publication pay attention to of them. the 1st examine, The Symbolic brain, argues that, principally because of language acquisition, people have degrees of cognition, which in general conditions are concurrently energetic. Absorption is a (or the) capability to bypass a few, probably all, of the institutions that represent the sort of degrees of cognition, leading to what's occasionally often called mystical event, yet which isn't limited to mysticism and performs a task in quite a few "religious" phenomena, and in different places. within the moment research, The Psychology of the Buddha, Prof. Bronkhorst offers a theoretical context for the remark that absorption is a resource of enjoyment, grapples with Freud, and illustrates his observations via translations of historical Buddhist texts from the Pali and Sanskrit languages together with his mental remark. Johannes Bronkhorst is emeritus professor of Sanskrit and Indian stories on the collage of Lausanne. He has released largely within the heritage of Indian non secular, philosophical and medical notion, and in non secular stories often. between his contemporary books: larger Magadha (2007), Aux origines de los angeles philosophie indienne (2008), Buddhist instructing in India (2009), Buddhism within the Shadow of Brahmanism (2011), Karma (2011).

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Occasionally peace is assured by means of an elab­ orate ritual known as a "Feast': Deacon describes it as follows (p. 404) : 46 First, the hosts who wish to make peace prepare a meal. When their guests are due to arrive, dressed as for war and carrying their weapons, the hosts put their weapons away and the men recline on their hammocks waiting for the guests to enter their village. The guests enter, danc­ ing and chanting, and circle around the camp stopping in front of each host. There they ritually threaten them, rais­ ing an axe or drawing a bow and arrow.

Examples will therefore be culture-specific. 5 1 50 Cpo Deacon, 1 997: 264: "The contributions of prefrontal areas to learning all involve, in one way or another, the analysis of higher-order associative relationships. More specifically, [ ... " 51 The first four notes of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony constitute an­ other example. Marvin Minsky said the following about them : "no one could remember Beethoven's Fifth Symphony entire, from a single hear­ ing. But neither could one ever hear again those first four notes as just four notes !

It seems safe to conclude from all this that there are ways to liberate experience, if only temporarily and perhaps partially, from the web woven by symbolic reference. 2 5 This extraordi­ nary experience will subsequently be interpreted in ways prop25 It will be argued below (§ 5) that culture, too, weaves a web of sym­ bolic reference which is added on to, or integrated with, the "linguistic" web. 27 ABSORPTION, PART I: THE SYMBOLIC MIND er to the culture of the person concerned. Such interpretations are, of course, of the greatest significance both to those who have these experiences and those who study them on the basis ofwitness reports.

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