Single Idea 7905

[catalogued under 29. Religion / C. Spiritual Disciplines / 3. Buddhism]

Full Idea

Next the Boddhisatva, possessed of great skill in Transic meditation, put himself into a trance, intent on discerning both the ultimate reality of things and the final goal of existence.

Gist of Idea

The Buddha sought ultimate reality and the final goal of existence in his meditations


Ashvaghosha (Buddhacarita [c.50], XIV.2)

Book Reference

'Buddhist Scriptures', ed/tr. Conze,Edward [Penguin 1959], p.49

A Reaction

The ontological and teleological goals of the Buddha were identical to the goals of the ancient Greek philosophers, and even we have teleological aims in our study of evolution. I would expect better results from the western approach.