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By Johannes Bronkhorst

This e-book argues for the principal position performed by way of 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 be aware of of them. the 1st examine, The Symbolic brain, argues that, principally due to language acquisition, people have degrees of cognition, which in basic situations are concurrently energetic. Absorption is a (or the) skill to bypass a few, maybe all, of the institutions that symbolize this type of degrees of cognition, leading to what's occasionally known as mystical event, yet which isn't constrained to mysticism and performs a task in a number of "religious" phenomena, and somewhere else. within the moment learn, The Psychology of the Buddha, Prof. Bronkhorst presents a theoretical context for the remark that absorption is a resource of delight, grapples with Freud, and illustrates his observations via translations of historic Buddhist texts from the Pali and Sanskrit languages with his mental observation. Johannes Bronkhorst is emeritus professor of Sanskrit and Indian stories on the college of Lausanne. He has released commonly within the background of Indian spiritual, philosophical and medical inspiration, and in non secular reviews more often than not. between his contemporary books: better Magadha (2007), Aux origines de los angeles philosophie indienne (2008), Buddhist educating in India (2009), Buddhism within the Shadow of Brahmanism (2011), Karma (2011).

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Logical thinking and categorization are reduced to a minimum [ ... ] [S]uch experience would mean that syntax and the linguistic aspects of consciousness [ ... ] as well as off-line thinking are turned off. Moreover, also consciousness of one's own conscious nature [ ... ], on which (together with language) the experience of self is based, supposedly disappears. What remains, is [ ... ] on-line thinking, and an awareness of one's sensations. " 31 See Rose, 2003 : ISS ff. There is a debate about the question whether and to what extent different animals (bonobos, orangutans, scrub-jays, squirrel monkeys, rats) can anticipate the future; see New Scientist of 1 November 2008 p.

For if rna occurred always and only where female beneficiaries were involved, the holophrastic protolanguage would be a hollow charade, a mere disguise for a medium already fully synthetic.

23 ) ; Cain from qaniti ' I have gotten' (Gen. 4. 1 ) ; etc. , 1 99 1 : 1 63 f). Kirk ( 1 974: 57 £) emphasizes the use of etymologies in Greek myths and states (p. 58): "The poets of the Homeric tra­ dition were already intrigued by the resemblance of the name 'Odysseus' to the verb odussomai 'I am angry'. [ ... ] Pytho, the old name for Delphi, is derived [in the Hymn to Apollo, prob­ ably late seventh century B CE] from the serpent destroyed there by Apollo and allowed to rot, puthein. [ ...

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