THE MIND EXPERIMENT  approaches Buddhism unlike any other book, not as a foreign belief system or an academic contribution to the specialty of 'Buddhology' but as an exploration of the enlightenment teachings that answers the spiritual needs of our time — a universal and secular spirituality, without beliefs or dogmas.

It contains many first-time translations directly from the Buddhist canon, linking the enlightenment teachings of Buddhism with the main body of Western wisdom, —from Greek philosophy to Christian mysticism, modern science to American transcendentalism.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

The Unsolved Questions

Mind Training

Spirituality for the New Millennium

 

CHAPTER ONE: SOME HARD BUT NOBLE TRUTHS

Impermanence and Suffering

There are No Things

I Am Not Any Thing

The Five Skandhas and the Senses

Emptiness – and Science, Philosophy, Mysticism

The End of Suffering

 

CHAPTER TWO: A REAL MAN

Buddhism and its Founder

The Man

The Training Years

Enlightenment

 

CHAPTER THREE: LIFE AND THE UNIVERSE

Worldviews

The Buddhist View

The Cosmos

Life in the Triple Universe

The Heavens

APPENDICES

 

CHAPTER FOUR: KARMA AND REBIRTH

Karma

The Process of Becoming

Death and the Intermediate State

 

CHAPTER FIVE: MEDITATION

Mindfulness

Meditation

The Ten Methods of Mindfulness

 

CHAPTER SIX: REALIZATION

Dhyana and Samadhi

The Ten Bonds

The Four Fruits of the Path

The Road to Enlightenment

The Spiritual Tripod

 

CHAPTER SEVEN: WISDOM AND ENLIGHTENMENT

Transcendental Wisdom

Diamond Sutra

Heart Sutra

Nirvana and Samsara

CHAPTER EIGHT: BUDDHISM AND WESTERN WISDOM

Greek Philosophy

- Anaximander, Socrates and Plato -

Christian Mysticism

- The Beguines -

- Meister Eckhart -

- Jan van Ruusbroec -

American Wisdom

- Benjamin Franklin -

- Jonathan Edwards -

- Ralph Waldo Emerson -

                                   

CONCLUSIONS

Buddhist Solutions for Modern Problems

Spiritual Guide for the New Millennium

 

 

 

Abbreviations

 

AK       Abhidharmakosa (L. de La Vallée Poussin)

AN       Anguttara Nikāya

C          Chinese

DN       Digha Nikāya

Dp       Dhammapada

Mv       Mahāvagga (Vinaya)

MN      Majjhima Nikāya

P          Pali

S          Sanskrit

SN       Samyutta Nikāya

T          Taisho Edition of the Chinese Buddhist Canon

Ud       Udāna

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