An Ancient Path: Talks on Vipassana Meditation as Taught by by Paul R. Fleischman

By Paul R. Fleischman

A suite of talks given by way of Dr. Paul Fleischman on Vipassana meditation as taught through S.N. Goenka, those decisions discover topics corresponding to psychological overall healthiness, mindfulness, and cultivating internal peace. They got to varied audiences the world over in destinations together with Boston, Madrid, Vienna, and Dublin. those talks are a useful advent to Vipassana meditation, in addition to an inspiring source should you are already practising.

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Berpapyri, 2d ed. ( Stuttgart, 1973-4) 1:108 ( 1 . 14. 32 OR I G I NS OF THE KABBALAH were subsequently developed to designate vowels were still unknown to the author. This idea concerning the function of the name Y aho or Yao suggests important parallels. In the system of the Gnostic Valen­ tinus, lao is the secret name with which the Horos ( literally: the limit, the limitation! ) frightens away from the world of the pleroma the Sophia-Akhamoth who is in pursuit of Christ. Does not the cos­ mos ( as distinct from the pleroma), sealed by means of the six per­ mutations of Yao in the Book Ye�irah, constitute a sort of monothe­ istic parallel, perhaps even inspired by polemical intentions, to this Valentinian myth� In another text of a manifestly J ewish-syncretis­ tic character, we similarly find the name lao, as an invocation that consolidates the world in its limits, a perfect analogy to the sealing in Ye�irah: in the cosmogony of the Leiden magical papyrus the earth writhed when the Pythian serpent appeared "and reared up powerfully.

48. "Through 231 gates everything goes forth. It is found therefore, that every creature and every speech [language] goes forth out of one name" ( 2:5 ). Does this mean that the alphabet, in its sequence, constitutes a mystical name' Of such a con­ ception of the alphabet, Franz Dornseiff ( Das A lphabet in Mystik und Magie, 2d ed. [Leipzig, 1925), 69-80) collected abundant testimonies from the Greek and Latin sources; cf. also A. r Philologie 56 ( 1900): 77-105. In the Wiener Jahreshefte 32 ( 1940): 79-84, Joseph Keil published an important Hebrew-Greek amulet that contains, with an obviously magical intention, the Hebrew alphabet in G reek transcription in the so-called at-bash order.

The fact that the theory o f the significance o f the twenty-two consonants as the fundamental elements of all creatures4 1 in the sec­ ond chapter partly conflicts with the first chapter44 has caused some scholars ( for example, Louis Ginzberg) to attribute to the author the conception of a kind of double creation: the one ideal and pure brought about by means of the sefiroth, which are conceived in a wholly ideal and abstract manner; the other one effected by the inter­ connection of the elements of speech.

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