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Buddhist meditation and the consciousness of time

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This paper first reviews key Buddhist concepts of time anicca (impermanence), khanavada (instantaneous being) and uji (being time) and then describes the way in which a particular form of Bhuddist meditation, vipassana, may be thought to actualize them in human experience. The chief aim of the paper is to present a heuristic model of how vipassana meditation, by eroding dispositional tendencies rooted in the body-unconscious alters psychological time, transforming our felt-experience of time from a binding to a liberating force.

Keywords: Buddhism; Buddhist meditation; anicca; body-unconscious; consciousness; dispositional tendencies; khanavada; meditation; time; uji; vipassana

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Dept, of Philosophy, Dominican College, 50 Acacia Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901, USA.

Publication date: March 1, 1996

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