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The awakened ones : phenomenology of visionary experience

Author: Gananath Obeyesekere
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2012.
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While a rational consciousness grasps many truths, Gananath Obeyesekere believes an even richer knowledge is possible through a bold confrontation with the stuff of visions and dreams. Spanning both Buddhist and European forms of visionary experience, he fearlessly pursues the symbolic, nonrational depths of such phenomena, reawakening the intuitive, creative impulses that power greater understanding. Throughout his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Comparative studies
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Obeyesekere, Gananath.
Awakened ones.
New York : Columbia University Press, ©2012
(DLC) 2011015304
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gananath Obeyesekere
ISBN: 9780231527309 0231527306
OCLC Number: 785782089
Description: 1 online resource (xx, 622 pages)
Contents: Bk. 1. The visionary experience : theoretical understandings --
bk. 2. Mahāyāna : salvific emptiness, fullness of vision --
bk. 3. The cosmic "it" : the abstract being of the intellectuals --
bk. 4. Penitential ecstasy : the dark night of the soul --
bk. 5. Christian dissent : the protest against reason --
bk. 6. Theosophies : west meets east --
bk. 7. Modernity and the dreaming --
bk. 8. Contemporary dreaming : secular spirituality and revelatory truth.
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While a rational consciousness grasps many truths, Gananath Obeyesekere believes an even richer knowledge is possible through a bold confrontation with the stuff of visions and dreams. Spanning both Buddhist and European forms of visionary experience, he fearlessly pursues the symbolic, nonrational depths of such phenomena, reawakening the intuitive, creative impulses that power greater understanding. Throughout his career, Obeyesekere has combined psychoanalysis and anthropology to illuminate the relationship between personal symbolism and religious experience. In this book, he be.

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