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Previous Entry Multiple ontologies, comparable description? May. 30th, 2005 @ 06:58 pm Next Entry
Thinking back to St. Teresa of Avila and her "garden" metaphor for prayer and grace
  1. Draw the water from a well [intellectual prayer; phrased in natural language]
  2. Use aqueducts driven by a water wheel [prayer of quiet]
  3. The water is from a river [sleep of the faculties]
  4. It rains [union; no power left in the body]
(Cf. The Autobiography of St. Teresa of Avila.)

We have a clear progression — the more Father in Heaven is involved, the less we are able to express the experience in natural language to others.

Let's turn it around. Arthur Deikman has done some research into the physical implementation of both contemplative prayer, and more traditional Eastern mysticisms. [The linked survey is of Yoga and unidentified Buddhism, but other articles on the site examine Sufism as well.]

How practical is it for divergent ontologies (implementations) to result in verbally similar directions? [I'm thinking explicit construction here — just because I have an untrained emotional reaction, doesn't mean it's accurate.]
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Date:May 30th, 2005 08:46 pm (UTC)
Well, Thich Nhat Hanh and some of the Soto Zen monks in California have also done similar studies and say there they often start from the same frame-work, but have entirely different ending goals.
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