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2. The world, 'self' and emptiness To describe mystical experience as ineffable or silent is to continue to approach mysticism from the point of view of language and auditory experience. There is, however, another way of approaching mysticism that is especially important with regard to Buddhism, namely through the concept of emptiness. Emptiness in this sense is another kind of representation of the silent experience and is more related to visual experience. It is also essentially related to the ideas of inside and outside, inwardness and outwardness, particularly as they apply to the relationship between man and the world.

According to reports of many mystics, the forgetting includes also the teachings of the particular religious tradition in question. Thus, there remains nothing that could phenomenologically separate one PCE from another, and, consequently, these kinds of mystical experiences are alike in all cultures. 206 This is in accordance with Fischer's idea of reduction of input information from the external world. 201 Quoted in Forman 1990b, 20. To provide only one more example of tran- 202 203 204 205 206 scending one's familiar frame of reference, I cite St.

Also Sunden (1990, 124) describes mystical experience as "total oblivion". Ornstein 1978, 142-143; Forman 1990b, 36. See above pp. 27-28, and also Pahnke's and Richards' results on p. 34. Also Rothberg 1990, 184. ). Forman 1990b, 37-39; Rothberg 1990, 184-187. 47 The forgetting model also helps us to understand the alleged ineffability of mystical experiences. -dds to it something that was not part of the primary event. In this sense, all language is inappropriate in describing the mystical experience of a peE.

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