Participatory Spirituality for the 21st Century
I came across a blog entry this evening that touches on a number of themes we've explored here over the past couple years: whether mystical experience constitutes metaphysical evidence, and the related issue of whether mystics cross-culturally are all experiencing the "same thing."
Here's the introduction to the blog, and the full piece can be read here:
"Here is an extraordinary spiritual teaching:
What is extraordinary about this teaching is that it so widely accepted, and yet so obviously false. As I’ll explain:
My motivation is not to dismiss non-ordinary experiences. I think they are important.
Instead, my next few posts will reject a particular metaphysical interpretation of such experiences. It is the theory that Buddhist enlightenment is the unification of the True Self with the Absolute Infinite, and that meditation is the way to do that.
I think this idea is wrong, harmful, and (incidentally) opposite to most traditional Buddhist teachings. Unfortunately, it is now common in modern Buddhism.
Advocates claim that mystics in all cultures teach the “unification” idea, so we should believe it. This post refutes that particular argument. Later posts will give other reasons to reject the unification theory..."
[Continue reading here.]