Thursday, October 23, 2008

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.

Julius Evola “The Doctrine of Awakening: The Attainment of Self-Mastery According to the Earliest Buddhist Texts"
Inner Traditions | 1996-02-01 | ISBN: 0892815531 | 272 pages | PDF | 1,2 MB


  1. Thanks!!!

  2. i don't know this text, but i want to point out that Evola has been a fascist ideologue and philosopher, and is still published and read by extreme-right groups in Europe. He was so compromised with racist theories and violence lead actions that nobody in Europe read him, regardless of their open-mindness, but neo-nazi groups.
    For instance, a poet like Ezra Pound in Europe is considered unquestionably just a great poet.
    Common opinion about Evola spans from disinterest to strong disapproval.
    I'm not saying you don't have to read this book if you're not affiliated to KKK. I'm just saying read it but be aware.

  3. Good to know! I havent read this, his Bio reads like he was a bit of a creep.

  4. I am sorry, I cannot check backgrounds. But I do avoid posting if I know there is something funny,

  5. This is one of the greatest books written about theravadan buddhism. Backgrounds don't mean much ;]

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