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The Awakened Ones: Phenomenology of Visionary Experience

Gananath Obeyesekere


While a rational consciousness grasps many truths, this book argues for an even richer knowledge through a confrontation with the stuff of visions and dreams. Spanning both Buddhist and European forms of visionary experience, the book pursues the symbolic, nonrational depths of such phenomena, reawakening the intuitive, creative impulses that power greater understanding. The book argues for a combination of psychoanalysis and anthropology to illuminate the relationship between personal symbolism and religious experience. The book begins with Buddha's visionary trances wherein, over the course ... More

Keywords: visions, dreams, personal symbolism, religious experience, visionary trances, Budhism, scientific dreaming, Hindu thinkers, Buddhist thinkers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780231153621
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231153621.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gananath Obeyesekere, author
Princeton University