Do spiritual paths such as Advaita Vedanta and Madhyamika Buddhism lead to the very same truth, the same realization? After all, advocates of these paths have debated each other for centuries. For us in the modern world, with limitless data at our fingertips, we can experience information overload and cognitive dissonance when we confront lots […]
Background The Truth? Similarities Between the two Teachings Differences Between the two Teachings Background When I began to study the emptiness teachings in earnest, I had already been familiar with the advaitic awareness-style teachings for many years. By “awareness-style teachings” I mean the teachings for which global, non-phenomenal awareness or Brahman is a foundational […]
A strong belief in true enlightenment experiences might be helpful in the beginning as one searches for direction, pointers and confirmation. Certain experiences are very encouraging and inspiring….But ultimately, assuming that enlightenment is an experience leads to putting enlightenment ever at arm’s reach. There are two problems involved, the problem of the criterion and the problem of arm’s reach.