The Doctrine of Awakening: The Attainment of Self-Mastery According to the Earliest Buddhist Texts

The Doctrine of Awakening: The Attainment of Self-Mastery According to the Earliest Buddhist Texts

In a probing analysis of the oldest Buddhist texts, Julius Evola places the doctrine of liberation in its original context. The early teachings, he suggests, offer the foremost example of an active spirituality that is opposed to the more passive, modern forms of theistic religions. This sophisticated, highly readable analysis of the theory and practice of Buddhist asceticism, first published in Italian in 1943 , elucidates the central truths of the eightfold path and clears away the later accretions of Buddhist doctrine. Evola describes the techniques for conscious liberation from the world of maya and for achieving the state of transcendence beyond dualistic thinking. Most surprisingly, he argues that the widespread belief in reincarnation is not an original Buddhist tenet. Evola presents actual practices of concentration and visualization, and places them in the larger metaphysical context of the Buddhist model of mind and universe. The Doctrine of the Awakening is a provocative study of the teachings of the Buddha by one of Europe's most stimulating thinkers. 

Title:The Doctrine of Awakening: The Attainment of Self-Mastery According to the Earliest Buddhist Texts
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780892815531
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  • Natasha11

    As unpopular as his explanation of Buddhism may be in current times, this is the straight no-nonsense real deal. Probably my favorite book on Buddhism I have read thus far. ...

  • Alex

    Julius Evola presents the Buddhist tradition with his characteristic rigor. The text is well-structured, overflowing with evocative metaphors and extensive citations from the Pali canon.Evola's take o...

  • Juan del Desierto

    A deep study on early Buddhism in both the theoretical and practical sense, with a extraordinary amount of research in its early texts to support the points and conclusions. This work connects and rec...

  • IAO131

    This is a book in Evola's typical style which merges his academic rigor with his Traditionalist viewpoint and, consequently, language. What I found most impressive was his knowledge and sourcing of or...

  • Sarah

    This book is a bit hard to read, but is chocked full of great references to different practices, and beliefs in the Eastern religions....

  • Matt

    I had to abandon this book. Perhaps others have what it takes to dive as deep into esotericism and layer after layer of apparently arbitrary abstractions. But not me....

  • P C  V

    Probably one of the best, clear-cut expositions of buddhism I have found. Written with purpose and style. I will surely re-visit this work many times...

  • IMPERIVM

    An important exposition on the Olympian character of early Buddhism. The work only broadly handles the topic, however; a reader would have to investigate early Hindu, early Buddhist, and Zen Buddhist ...

  • Ronny

    While a dry read, this is an informative, radical look at Buddhism that treats it as a framework for inducing awakening. There are some uncomfortable psuedo-racial elements in some parts of the book, ...

  • Brandon

    Didn't yet finish because I took too long to read it that it was due back to the library...