Existential Ambiguity

Wettimuny’s The Buddha’s Teaching and the Ambiguity of Existence [PDF] builds a bridge between the most important thoughts and thinkers of the east and west: the existentialists in the west, and the Buddha in the east. It completes the task begun by the Existentialists, to bring western humanity into maturity after a particularly difficult adolescence.

This book is like a manual for an arcane and esoteric, but essential piece of software: you don’t even know you need it until you come to the point in your work when it is required—and then you need it very badly indeed.

This is an unapologetically difficult book; maybe a few dozen people in the whole world are capable of understanding it completely. But for the westerner coming from a background of existential philosophy who is seriously trying to implement the teaching of the Buddha, it will be nothing less than a lifesaver.

Click here to download the book.

Podcasts

Existential Ambiguity 0: Introduction

Existential Ambiguity 3.1: Reflective & Reflexive Experience

Existential Ambiguity 3.2: Anatomy of Mindfulness

Existential Ambiguity 3.3: Seeing as the Buddha Sees

Existential Ambiguity 4.1: the Root Sequence of the Puthujjana

Existential Ambiguity 4.2: Appropriation and Subjection

Existential Ambiguity 4.3: Superimposition of ‘I’ 

Existential Ambiguity 4.4: from Implicit to Explicit ‘I’

Existential Ambiguity 4.5: Permanence of ‘I’

Existential Ambiguity 4.6: Eye of the Teaching

Existential Ambiguity 4.7:  Being and Significance

Existential Ambiguity 4.8: Persistence and Pleasurableness

Existential Ambiguity 4.9: Clinging and Desire

Existential Ambiguity 4.10: ‘I’-making and ‘Mine’-making

Existential Ambiguity 5.1: Five Clinging-Aggregates

Existential Ambiguity 5.2: the Consciousness-Aggregate

Existential Ambiguity 5.3: the Existential Fabrication

Existential Ambiguity 5.4: Six Kinds of Consciousness

Existential Ambiguity 5.5: Consciousness, Perception & Feeling

Existential Ambiguity 5.6: Categories of Perception

Existential Ambiguity 5.7: Feeling and Contact

Existential Ambiguity 5.8: Review & Context

Existential Ambiguity 5.9: Matter or Form Aggregate

Existential Ambiguity 5.10: Behavior and Description

Existential Ambiguity 5.11: Matter and Clinging

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2 thoughts on “Existential Ambiguity”

  1. Bhante, thank you for providing this helpful resource. I am slowly working through the material. I noticed that YouTube will not let me view the video for section 5.2, I get an error that the content is private. Is this on purpose or are the privileges just set wrong?

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