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The Great Freedom Sutra

August 20th, 2009 · 1 Comment

The issue of Buddhism is a confusing one. But one thing to consider is that it came into existence in the wake of the Axial Age, and then straddled an entire age until the modern, at which point its impetus began to fail. We see the desperation in the attempts to cast its ‘seeds’ in the West, as the whole structure collapses.
The Axial Transitions
The ‘new age’ is going to do something different, but it is a good question at this point what that might be. The impulse to imitate the past is compulsive. But the deviation of modernity into a culture of scientism is almost worse.
This short essay might help, if you forget the term ‘sufi’, and ‘fouth way’ and try to understand the invariant of all religion, man’s self-consciousness.
If religions can’t help here, and so far they haven’t, then they will pass away.

A Sufi myth: Fourth Ways,…and The Great Freedom Sutra

A clue, is to see the way in the elements spawned by modernity: the path of self-consciousness disguised in secular terms.

Tags: New Age · secularism · The Axial Age

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  • 1 The Axial Age | The great freedom sutra // Aug 24, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    […] The issue of Buddhism is a confusing one. But one thing to consider is that it came into existence in the wake of the Axial Age, and then straddled an entire age until the modern, at which point its impetus began to fail. We see the desperation in the attempts to cast its ’seeds’ in the West, as the whole structure collapses. […]

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