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Primordial Nondelusion: Artful Endeavor and Spontaneity

Anne Carolyn Klein and Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

in Unbounded Wholeness

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780195178494
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199784790 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195178491.003.0004
 Primordial Nondelusion: Artful Endeavor and Spontaneity

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If Authenticity is understood as a journey from the project of authentication to authenticity, this would reflect on how such authenticity relates to delusion or unawareness. Authentication, it would seem, relieves delusion ('khrul ba). How can delusion even arise in the face of primordial wisdom? Beyond this, if delusion must end for open awareness to begin, then neither it nor authenticity can be primordial. To address these matters, a bird's eye view of the metaphorical and metaphysical “location” of primordial open awareness is considered, followed by a closer look at how delusion arises and functions. This provides yet another vantage point on the matter of Authenticity's deflection of oppositionality. After all, ignorance and wisdom or, in the language of this book, unawareness and open awareness, would seem to provide the most central opposition in all of Buddhist thought. Therefore, to see this dichotomy undermined is to suggest something crucial to the text's view of oppositionality in general.

Keywords: Authenticity; delusion; open awareness; oppositionality

Chapter.  13683 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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