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The Complete Buddhism

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The Complete Buddhism - Terry Patten
IS Call on "Integral Post-Metaphysics" - Allan Combs/Ken Wilber

The Complete Buddhism (video)

If the Zen school of Buddhism can be said to be “essential Buddhism,” then the Vajrayana school can be said to be “complete Buddhism.”  When viewed in the light of integral theory, which by its very nature strives for completeness, it is remarkable indeed how “integral” this ancient tradition is.  And supplemented with insights which could only have been seen from an Integral altitude, the practice of Vajrayana is, to this day, exquisite and unmatched in many ways….

The May, 2007 Mandala of Awakening ISC seminar sought to transmit the breadth of Vajrayana as faithfully as possible.  In this week’s video, co-facilitator Terry Patten discusses the inherent completeness of the tradition, even and especially in the Integral context.

First and foremost, the tradition, by means of its rich collection of practices, intuitively approaches the Divine in each of 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-person perspectives.  Through the practice of Vajrayana, one wakes up to Suchness itself (1st-person); one visualizes and enters into relationship with the Buddha in deep, devotional love (2nd-person); and one contemplates in nature the Great Perfection, or “The Body of the Buddha” (3rd-person). Ten centuries before the dawn of Integral consciousness, Vajrayana intuitively began to approach Spirit in each of its three Faces.

Vajrayana also emphasizes the major components of Integral Life Practice.  The body—gross, subtle, and causal—is considered incredibly important, the very vehicle of enlightenment.  Mind, too, is considered crucial: Tibetan monks spend hours every day in intellectual debate, sharpening their gifts in this area.  Spirit is exercised in an extraordinary array of meditative and contemplative techniques; Vajrayana may be unexcelled in this regard, the world over.

While Vajrayana does contain teachings on the “shadow,” the insights of the modern West are an important addition in this regard.  The repressed, evolutionary unconscious—the locus of a lifetime of undigested experience, or "shadow," as we now understand it—is a discovery of modern psychology, and was unknown in premodernity.  From the point of view of Integral Buddhism, traditional practices should be supplemented with the very best that modernity has to offer with respect to bringing the shadow into the light.

One key insight of Integral philosophy is ever to “transcend and include.”  This is especially important with respect to spiritual practice.  The very point of the forms in any tradition—and certainly in Vajrayana—is to enter into them in order to transcend them.  From an Integral altitude, at our best we are free of the forms and are thus free to inhabit them completely, and by means of them, to go beyond.  And so, from an Integral standpoint, this tradition is deeply admired and respected, a most blessed path toward the "religion of tomorrow"….

What is Integral Consciousness? (audio)

Tune in for an extraordinary discussion of Integral Consciousness with authors Ken Wilber and Allan Combs!  This superb exchange is from the call on "Integral Post-Metaphysics," Appendix II of Integral Spirituality.
Published Saturday, October 20, 2007 12:14 AM by rollie



halm01 said:

The download link of the discussion between Ken Wilber and Allan Combs does not work! Maybe you can do something about it. Greetings Christian
October 21, 2007 9:48 PM

ampersand said:

It is working now. I just downloaded it.

October 24, 2007 10:41 AM
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