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The Doctrine of Awakening: The Attainment of Self-Mastery According to the Earliest Buddhist Texts

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In a probing analysis of the oldest Buddhist texts, Julius Evola places the doctrine of liberation in its original context. The early teachings, he suggests, offer the foremost example of an active spirituality that is opposed to the more passive, modern forms of theistic religions. This sophisticated, highly readable analysis of the theory and practice of Buddhist ascetic ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published February 1st 1996 by Inner Traditions (first published January 1st 1995)
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This is a book in Evola's typical style which merges his academic rigor with his Traditionalist viewpoint and, consequently, language. What I found most impressive was his knowledge and sourcing of original Pali texts to back his claims rather than simply stating things that Buddha said/believed things as facts basically by the author's fiat, as many writers on the topic do. Evola is obviously biased toward supporting his own "Aryan" Traditionalism, but there were many parts that I found interes ...more
While a dry read, this is an informative, radical look at Buddhism that treats it as a framework for inducing awakening. There are some uncomfortable psuedo-racial elements in some parts of the book, but it's still a great read regardless.
As unpopular as his explanation of Buddhism may be in current times, this is the straight no-nonsense real deal. Probably my favorite book on Buddhism I have read thus far.
This book is a bit hard to read, but is chocked full of great references to different practices, and beliefs in the Eastern religions.
I had to abandon this book. Perhaps others have what it takes to dive as deep into esotericism and layer after layer of apparently arbitrary abstractions. But not me.
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