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Gepubliceerd in: Mindfulness 4/2021

Open Access 10-11-2020 | ORIGINAL PAPER

The Four Levels of Awakening

Auteur: Bhikkhu Anālayo

Gepubliceerd in: Mindfulness | Uitgave 4/2021

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Abstract

The early discourses present the realization of four levels of awakening as the chief purpose of mindfulness practice. A survey of the opinions of various scholars, alleging these four levels to be a later development, shows that the main arguments proposed in support of this assessment are unconvincing. The testimony provided by a comparative study of the early discourses instead conveys the impression that these four levels of awakening are an integral part of the teachings of early Buddhism in the form in which they have been preserved in the textual records. These four levels depict a gradual purification of the mind which can be achieved through the cultivation of insight based on the practice of mindfulness.
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Metagegevens
Titel
The Four Levels of Awakening
Auteur
Bhikkhu Anālayo
Publicatiedatum
10-11-2020
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Mindfulness / Uitgave 4/2021
Print ISSN: 1868-8527
Elektronisch ISSN: 1868-8535
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-020-01530-3