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The Awakened OnesPhenomenology of Visionary Experience$
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Gananath Obeyesekere

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231153621

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231153621.001.0001

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Envoi—Intimations of Mortality

Envoi—Intimations of Mortality

The Ethnographer’s Dream and the Return of the Vultures

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(p.473) Envoi—Intimations of Mortality
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The Awakened Ones
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Gananath Obeyesekere

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231153621.003.0010

This chapter presents some reflections. The chapter argues that some of our profoundest insights of the spirit emerge from processes of thought outside the rational cogito even though the final act of creativity might entail a coalition between the It and the I, the book's model being the awakened Buddha. The chapter claims that that it is a mistake to think that the It does not think. It does not think discursively. It is in the sphere of the It that dreams and visions have their beginnings and their ends. And it is here the various guises of the spirit have their home and here the realm where Spirit holds court. The text also expresses sympathy for lucid dreamers of whatever culture.

Keywords:   spirit, Buddha, lucid dreamers, dreaming

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