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TITLEBahá'u'lláh and the Luminous Mind: Bahá'í Gloss on a Buddhist Puzzle
AUTHOR 1Roland Faber
TITLE_PARENTLights of Irfan
PUB_THISHaj Mehdi Arjmand Colloquium
ABSTRACTNon-duality is of central importance to Buddhist thought and experience; on monism and non-dualism as reflected in Asian religious expressions, including Hinduism's Advaita Vedanta.
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TAGS- Interfaith dialogue; - Philosophy; Buddhism; Dualism; God; Hadith; He who knoweth his self knoweth his Lord (Hadith); Hidden Treasure (Hadith); Hinduism; Knowledge of God; Lawh Basit al-Haqiqa (Tablet of the Uncompounded Reality); Monism; Philosophy, Buddhist; Philosophy, Hindu; Relativism; Sharh-i Kuntu Kanzan Makhfiyan (Commentary on the tradition of the Hidden Treasure); Sufism; Vedanta
Abstract: Non-duality is of central importance to Buddhist thought and experience. And if, as ‘Abdu’l-Bahá confirms, human essence reveals itself in thought and mind, the core of which is mystical contemplation, then the awareness of this profound mode of thinking and experiencing is relevant to humanity's spiritual existence. Non-duality is not monism, but rather the opposite of metaphysical dualism. If dualism — e.g., differentiation between God vs. the world — is identified mostly with Abrahamic religions, monism and non-dualism are reflected in Asian religious expressions, such as Hinduism's Advaita Vedanta and Buddhism in general.
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