Or show a basic understanding of what they are used to, or the codes and ways of the society they where brought up in? I couldn't put it down after I opened it. I'm not a meditater myself. Make sure you're awake and a pot of coffee before reading! I have to give him huge props for risking everything and coming out in this way. Deepening that understanding, and repeatedly cutting through the illusion of the self, is what is meant by spirituality in the context of this book. Stephen Batchelors Geschichte inspiriert alle, für die stetiges Zweifeln und die Auseinandersetzung mit religiösen Dogmen untrennbar mit Erkenntnis und mit Spiritualität verbunden sind. He also discusses the risks of both of those paths, including the dangerously unpredictable impact of psychedelics and the hazards of attempting to learn about consciousness from imperfect human teachers.
Und heute weiß er: Durchatmen und Innehalten kann wirklich helfen. Sam Harris connects the word with understanding the brain and it contents both physical and emergent, of course rational content free of dogmas and bullshit stuffs, which is equally important to knowing the worldly facts and phenomena. I'm an atheist who took an 8-week class in mindfulness meditation, and I meditate regularly. I do not share their semantic concerns. Still, this was an enjoyable and insightful book, particularly his accounts of his own spiritual explorations via psychedelics and meditation. So, all you'll ever see from me is a five-star or a one-star since no stars isn't a rating, unfortunately. Jarring in the way that the Rubin vase illusion is jarring when you suddenly see two faces instead of a vase, or vice-versa.
I was not overwhelmed by a new feeling of love. Ihre Bücher gelten als Klassiker, deren Helden unvergesslich und deren Empathie eine Tiefe erreichen, die wie aus der Welt gefallen scheint. So I will use spiritual, mystical, contemplative, and transcendent without further apology. Acknowledging that this is the structure of the game we are playing allows us to play it differently. You can be an atheist, have scientific mindset, and be spiritual. While some of it was new and interesting, other ideas might take 2nd or 3rd reading to get through my thick skull.
Though his overall world view binds him, I assume, to strict materialism, he recognizes that religion offers something else, and he is trying to find out what it is and make it more accessible to other non-believers. Mit dem Aufstieg des militanten Atheismus, einer aggressiv-polemischen Bewegung angeführt von Richard Dawkins, haben viele Menschen resigniert und sich der Idee gebeugt, dass Gott ein überholter Mythos in der modernen Welt sei. Mystics and contemplatives have made this claim for ages—but a growing body of scientific research now bears it out. Doch bald kommen ihm Zweifel, denn die im Buddhismus so zentrale Vorstellung der Wiedergeburt ist seinem westlich geprägten Denken nicht zugänglich. This is a problem, because millions of people have had experiences for which spiritual and mystical seem the only terms available. It will surprise a lot of people to learn that this often acerbic atheist in fact has a deep history of meditation practice.
Then again, I haven't spent months in silent retreats in Tibet. Do you really think only Asians have had experiences of self-transcendence?? Toward the end he starts a discourse on mind-altering illegal drugs. Deepak Chopra greift diese Fragen mit Eloquenz und Tiefe in seinem neuen Buch auf. Maybe that was outside the scope of his book. So now, un-persuaded that I should really meditate for some unclear reasons, lots of the remaining text got less interesting. But self transcendence for lack of a better phrase is something I can't live a full, rich, meaningfull life without.
A deeper principle must be at work. His rationale was simply that there aren't good alternatives as of yet. Most religions point to such states as proof of their assertion that there is a world beyond this one. This is a false analogy because the blind spot is real and can be measured. Dann begann der preisgekrönte Journalist der Sache auf den Grund zu gehen. As for religion, and the preposterous idea that we need God to be good, nobody wields a sharper bayonet than Sam Harris. After a broad overview of his missi I used to think that good friends, a purposeful life, and a healthy reverence for the wonders of the universe were sufficient replacements for everything that traditional religion could provide, and anything offered beyond that was either pure superstition or plain old happiness gussied up in fancy language.
Nur ein neues Bewusstsein kann uns und die Erde vor Zerstörung bewahren. The book's promise was forfeited. Lila ist ein Findelkind, das von einer Landstreicherin und Überlebenskünstlerin aufgegriffen wird. A certain euphoria was creeping into these reflections, perhaps, but the general feeling remained one of absolute sobriety—and of moral and emotional clarity unlike any I had ever known. But if you think no one has achieved transcendence through the arts, or has explored it in the arts, well…that surprises me. The woman is my life, so I do as I'm told, but I never really felt like Catholicism was for me.
I am often asked what will replace organized religion. The purpose of this book is to offer readers a clear view of the problem, along with some tools to help them solve it for themselves. Claiming that 'Satan' is real is a pure faith assertion because there's no more evidence for a satan than there is for a god. But there is a connection between scientific fact and spiritual wisdom, and it is more direct than most people suppose. There is no discrete self or ego living like a Minotaur in the labyrinth of the brain. The usual moral considerations would then apply. In the past we had Leibniz's monads and Descarte's homunculus unsatisfactorily explaining consciousness.
Minutiös berichtet der Gehirnforscher, was er während des Komas durchlebte: Begleitet von einem Engelwesen taucht er ein in eine Welt ohne Zeit und Raum, in der sich ihm die göttliche Quelle allen Seins offenbart. Er fing an zu meditieren. I am hopeful that we can come to a closer understanding, But I am reading others things now, including A Christmas Carol. Harris explores the science as well as his own personal journey with meditation with ease, humour and depth. The majority of the book read more like a college textbook than a book meant for the lay reader. These are terrifying and debasing fictions.
Die Essenz ihrer Lehren ist auch für das moderne Leben richtungweisend. His new book, whether discussing the poverty of spiritual language, the neurophysiology of consciousness, psychedelic experience, or the quandaries of the self, at the very least acknowledges the potency and importance of the religious impulse—though Harris might name it differently—that fundamental and common instinct to seek not just an answer to life, but a way to live that answer. I was baptized Catholic and attended a Catholic school through 8th grade. And some of it just sailed past me, no matter how hard I tried to understand it. I think this is a good book for someone like me, someone who is familiar with Buddhism, who is attracted to its teachings, but who is not keen on religion. So haben es uns die großen Philosophen der Antike eindrucksvoll vor Augen geführt.