[Buddha-l] Loving your object of study

Richard Hayes rhayes at unm.edu
Mon Dec 3 15:16:01 MST 2007

On Monday 03 December 2007 14:27, L.S. Cousins wrote:

> 1. All of the later schools of Indian Buddhism down to the sixth
> century (and probably later) seem to agree that Awakening (bodhi,
> etc.) is the union of calm and insight, if they define it at all.

It strikes me as possible that insight makes one calm and therefore that 
cultivating insight would be sufficient to enable the cultivation of calm and 
therefore bodhi.

> 3.  I do not see any evidence for the existence of a conflict between
> the two approaches in earlier Buddhist literature.

I agree that there is no need to see a conflict. Indeed, it would be my 
contention that if one cultivates either calm or insight, one gets the other 
one for free. So how could they be in conflict?

Richard Hayes
Department of Philosophy
University of New Mexico

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