Western Buddhist Review

New article by Dhivan on imagination

On Tue, 22 January, 2013 - 17:05
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Dhivan Thomas Jones
We’re delighted to announce our second article in Vol.6 of the Western Buddhist Review, this time by Dhivan on the theme of ‘imagination’. Dhivan is of course the editor of WBR, but the article has nevertheless gone through the peer-review process. He was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 2004. He is the author of This Being, That Becomes: the Buddha’s teaching on conditionality, Windhorse, Cambridge, 2011. He lives in Cambridge, where he teaches philosophy and religious studies for the Open University.

Abstract Sangharakshita and Subhuti’s article of 2010, ‘Re-imagining the Buddha’, explores the importance of imagination in the spiritual life. Dhivan explores the background to that article, which is the thought of Coleridge and German idealist philosophy. He goes on to evoke the illustrate the nature of imagination with reference to The Prelude, the poetic biography of Coleridge’s friend Wordsworth. He then explores how this romantic conception of imagination might be found in the teachings of the Buddha recorded in the Pali canon, especially in the term sati, usually translated ‘mindfulness’.

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