Anagarika Govinda Buddhist Reflections

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Lama Govinda provides an exciting overview of contemporary Buddhist Philosophy for the modern student. He shares his insights into Indian and Tibetan Buddhist traditions concerning the nature of reality, the development of consciousness, death and rebirth, faith and tolerance, and the significance of meditative and ritual practices. In depicting the Tantric Buddhist approach that utilizes ancient mantras and mandalas to produce meditative absorption in a unified experience of sound, color and form, Lama Govinda pays homage to a spiritual edifice of great beauty and complexity. Lama Govinda invokes a multidimensional vision of Buddhist understanding that includes the rational perspectives of modern science and psychology, but goes far beyond them. In building a conceptual bridge between Eastern mysticism and Western philosophy, he discusses the work of Assagioli, Teilhard de Chardin and von Durkheim, among others. There are also chapters of concern to Western society, such as the expansion of consciousness through drugs and the nature of attachment and suffering in love relationships. the material presented here was gathered from lectures and articles written by Lama Govinda shortly before his death in 1985, providing readers a close look at his warmth and lovingness.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German

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Grouped into four parts--"The World and Its Interpretation," "The Inward Path," "Art as Creative Meditation," and "The Meeting of East and West"--these essays by a Westerner who became a Tibetan monk and Buddhist scholar combine thought with feeling, insight with wide-ranging compassion. An introductory essay provides background about the Buddha and Buddhism so that the 19 subsequent essays are accessible and convey profound thought in clear language with analogies helpful to Westerners. Govinda's most exciting essays deal with consciousness and transcendence as echoed in other religions and in Teilhard de Chardin's ideas of a conscious cosmos. Recommended for large public, academic, and seminary libraries.
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