Yoga alliance on The Buddha, on the other hand, made reference to meditational experience and the knowledge gained thereby. He recommends attaining the fourth meditational plane (jhana) and then, being wary of making inappropriate inferences, directing one s mind to obtaining the three knowledges he acquired on the night of his awakening: of former existences; of the causes of rebirth; of the destruction of the cankers (asava). For the Buddha, this is the way to find a firm foundation for a teaching about the nature of things. It is, of course, at this point that the Buddha parts company with philosophy, and he may well be susceptible to the criticism he directed at others of going beyond the evidence. It is one thing to describe one s experiences in meditation but quite another to claim veridicality for them – and the Buddha s claim that he sees the world as it really is (yathabhutam) is just that. Certainly, much will hinge on whether he is making a truth claim ( this is the way things really are ) or whether he is saying this is the way things appear to me. Only in the latter case is there, in the Buddha s own words, the preservation of a truth. Yoga alliance 2016.
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