Nikāya Buddhism and Early Chan - A Different Meditative Paradigm - Grzegorz Polak

Nikāya Buddhism and Early Chan - A Different Meditative Paradigm - Grzegorz Polak

Meditative Cessation as a Process of Cognitive Deconstruction

Nikāya Buddhism and Early Chan - A Different Meditative Paradigm - Grzegorz Polak

Grzegorz Polak [+-]
Maria Curie Skłodowska University
Grzegorz Polak is an associate professor in the Institute of Philosophy at the Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin. His research interests include philosophical and meditative ideas of Nikaya Buddhism, early Chan, and comparative study of Buddhism and Western philosophy. He is the author of Reexamining Jhana: Towards a Critical Reconstruction of Early Buddhist Soteriology and several articles.

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Chapter 4 focuses on the philosophical implications of the idea of an apophatically described meditative state in the texts of both traditions in which the most basic elements constituting the world of our experience are absent or cease. It argues that the said state of cessation need not be understood as a form of insentience but rather as a cognitive deconstruction of our ordinary consciousness through suspending various mental processes which mediate and shape our experience. Thus, such a meditative cessation may be paradoxically considered to be a form of direct cognition. The final part of the chapter explores the question of what it is like to be in such a state and the issue of its linguistic expressibility.

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Polak, Grzegorz . Meditative Cessation as a Process of Cognitive Deconstruction. Nikāya Buddhism and Early Chan - A Different Meditative Paradigm. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 168-227 Jun 2024. ISBN 9781800504257. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=45210. Date accessed: 21 May 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.45210. Jun 2024

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