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posted 27 Jul 2004, 20:07 by FuraxVZ, Candidate

[quote="Cu'jara Cinmoi":1uyz0427]You assume too much, Replay! :wink: No, there was no intentional parallel to Buddhism and the Dunyain, though I think I can see how you might suspect one, Furax: both are concerned with the 'appetitive soul.' But where Buddhism (as I understand it) seeks to master or extinguish the appetitive soul to end suffering, the Dunyain seek to master or extinguish the appetitive soul to better master the origins of their thought - to become a 'self-moving soul,' one free of the myriad darknesses that come before. The Logos, or Reason, is their principle instrument. Unlike the Buddhists, the Dunyain draw no line between what must be mastered and what must be accepted. For the Dunyain, [i:1uyz0427]anything[/i:1uyz0427] that impacts the origins of our thoughts, be it animal lust, historical caprice, or the words of another, must be mastered. This actually makes the Dunyain the antithesis of creeds such as Buddhism or Stoicism, I think.[/quote:1uyz0427] That's very much, Dr. Bakker. I need to digest this response a bit (and I'm certainly over my head with the discussion of Derrida). I'm still clinging to the Buddhist/Dunyain parallel a bit; when you said 'the darness that comes before' I translate that as samsara (suffering). Though, I agree that Buddhists try not to master the origination of thoughts per se; it's more of an exercise in self-awareness to discover how to recognize errant thoughts. As I said before, interesting stuff. Very gripping material in the book that transcends any genre. view post


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