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The 'Technological Mind,' Discourse Analysis, And The Emergence Of A New Type Of Socially Engaged Contemporary Western Buddhism

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This chapter commences with a brief consideration of some of the texts of Robert Thurman. To begin with, the discursive trend established and developed by Rampa, Blofeld and Govinda, which involves the heralding of 'traditional' Buddhism as a panacea for all the social ills of the West, has found keen support among many adherents of contemporary Western Buddhism in general, and contemporary Western Vajrayana Buddhism in particular. Having broached the fundamentals of meditation, so to speak, Nairn, very importantly, draws into conspicuousness a particular mindset which he has encountered among Western meditators, and which he refers to as the 'technological mind'. According to him, this 'technological mind' is characterized by severely augmented tendencies to reject and/or to negate the process of watching thoughts/emotions arise and pass, along with a similarly powerful tendency to attach to the idea of achieving rapid meditative progress through the manipulation of such thoughts/emotions.

Keywords: Blofeld; contemporary Western Buddhism; Govinda; meditation; Nairn; Rampa; Robert Thurman; technological mind



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