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Eastern Traditions, Consciousness, and Spirituality

Kartikeya C. Patel

in The Oxford Handbook of Psychology and Spirituality

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199729920
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199729920.013.0022

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Eastern Traditions, Consciousness, and Spirituality

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This chapter discusses the constructs of consciousness and spirituality in the Eastern tradition of early Buddhism. The descriptive explanations of the following basic and yet complex questions are offered: What are the contents of consciousness? Are there content-less states of consciousness? What is spiritual inquiry? If states of consciousness are multileveled and multifaceted, how one can understand the process of transformation and attainment of these states? Although a comprehensive presentation of various Eastern traditions is not possible in a brief book chapter, it is hoped that a detailed look at early Buddhism will give the reader a taste of the issues that Eastern theories and practices attempt to address.

Keywords: awareness; spirituality; Eastern perspectives on consciousness; spiritual inquiry; enlightenment; nirvana

Article.  10344 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology

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