On the Cultivation of Presence in Buddhist Meditation

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This article is an exploration of the nature of consciousness. The author draws in depth from works of philosophy, psychology, literature, and meditation practice to examine a subject so subtle that we may overlook it. Consciousness, in the Buddhist tradition, cannot be held as merely another object of knowledge, a thing to be known, because it is not located in time or in space. Some modern philosophers seem to arrive at the same conclusion. Consciousness cannot be discovered through common scientific strategies. Only presence -- being conscious of being conscious of something -- allows one to realize what consciousness is. And this can only be discovered by an exploration in the first person. Buddhist meditation offers a skillful means of investigation.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Email: cgorient@infomaniak.ch

Publication date: January 1, 2009

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