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By Ilkka Pyysiainen

The purpose of this examine is to enquire the that means of mysticism in Indian
Buddhism. This job is comprehensive via a religion-phenomenological
analysis attempting to relate the tips expressed in Buddhist texts to
certain human methods of experiencing one's being-in-the-world. Underlying
this technique is a view of spiritual texts as "tracks" of varied types of
human reviews, mystical and otherwise.
Mystical reviews are the following understood opposed to the heritage of
Heidegger's and Gadamer's thought of a linguistic foundation of human fact. In
mystical event, this foundation is transcended, and fact is experienced
without the bounds of language and discursive pondering. : A Comparative research of significant Traditions from the 12th via 19th Centuries

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In this, I have also benefited from the studies of Andre Bareau, identifying from the early canonical texts the fragments of the Buddha's biography 8. I have used those passages that deal with the Buddha's experiences and their interpretations, and with the way man's experience of being-inthe-wodd is constituted. This latter theme is divided into questions concerning the nature of perception, consciousness and of 'self' on the one hand, and of the nature of the external world and the Absolute on the other.

On the next page. All of them, except the Dhammakayassa AtthavaI)I)ana, represent Indian Buddhism 2 . The last mentioned is a Theravadin text, written in Sri Lanka. The sources have been selected to represent the most influential of the Indian Buddhist schools: Theravada, Sarvastivada, Lokottaravada of the Mahasarhghikas, early Mahayana, Mlidhyamika (or: Madhyamaka), YogacaralVijfianavada and the Tathagatagarbha-literature. I have tried to use those texts in which each school's particular teachings, related to my research theme, best come forward.

On Western and East Asian languages as "houses of Being", see Parkes 1990. 141 Heidegger 1987, 203 (1941, 160). 142 Heidegger 1987, 204 (1941,161). 143 Gadamer 1988, 351, 420. 144 Gadamer 1988, 401, 405-406. 145 Gadamer 1988, 401, 408, 411. 146 Gadamer 1988, 363,401,431. 37 has a linguistic basis. However, the question which remains is whether mysticism could be understood as an art of silence meant to restore man to a prelinguistic "pure experience" not mediated by conceptual categories l47 . 2.

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