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postgraduate thesis: The path and the castle : a comparative study of the Path of purification of Buddhaghosa and the Interior castle of Saint Teresa of Ávila : an analytical study on their similarities in the dynamics of spiritual life

TitleThe path and the castle : a comparative study of the Path of purification of Buddhaghosa and the Interior castle of Saint Teresa of Ávila : an analytical study on their similarities in the dynamics of spiritual life
Authors
Advisors
Advisor(s):Endo, T
Issue Date2019
PublisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)
Citation
Millet, G. D.. (2019). The path and the castle : a comparative study of the Path of purification of Buddhaghosa and the Interior castle of Saint Teresa of Ávila : an analytical study on their similarities in the dynamics of spiritual life. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR.
AbstractParallels between the spiritual paths of Theravāda Buddhists and Discalced Carmelites have long been observed, although not satisfactorily explained. This study contributes to objectively clarifying the similarities and differences between the two paths; and to explain their phenomenological similarities and structural affinities. This latter goal is carried out by identifying relationships between both religious systems and determining if there is an underlying level where they converge, irrespective of their undeniable differences. To achieve this end, the research comparatively examines the dynamics of spiritual development as described in two iconic works from the respective traditions: The Path of Purification (Visuddhimagga) by Bhadantācariya Buddhaghosa and The Interior Castle (Castillo interior) by Saint Teresa of Ávila. The thesis focuses on the stages of virtue (sīla) and concentration (samādhi) in The Path of Purification, and the Mansions One to Six in The Interior Castle where the similarities are more pronounced. After introducing the rationale that leads to the research and its expected outcome and delimitations, the study discusses some of the critical theoretical and methodological problems and issues that arise when engaging in interreligious and cross-cultural comparisons. It then reviews a series of methodological contributions by the school of New Comparativism, whose principles and tools are adopted throughout the study. The research goes on to introduce the background information requisite to understanding the doctrines of spiritual development as laid out by Buddhaghosa and Teresa. After presenting the comparands and their works, as well as their respective cultural and socio-historical contexts and influences, the study offers an overview of our two authors taxonomies of stages, and their notions of the nature and structure of the human being. Next, the thesis contains a systematic and synoptic comparative analysis of the dynamics of spiritual progress described in Buddhaghosa’s and Teresa’s accounts. Through this methodical comparison, the study identifies a series of phenomenological coincidences and disparities and structural correlations and symmetries along the two spiritual processes, despite their irreconcilable differences in principles and final ends. The interpretive part of the study builds on the phenomenological similarities and structural parallels identified in the comparative analysis. Here the hypothesis is tested whether underneath both paths a process of transformation and transcendence of the empirical self takes place which could allow us to construct an explanatory framework for the aforesaid similarities. We conclude that “transformation and transcendence of the experiential self,” as hermeneutical principle, has explanatory efficacy to make intelligible the phenomenological similarities and structural parallels identified throughout the comparative analysis, without violating the integrity of either tradition. The study concludes with some observations on prospects and implications based on the preceding interpretive synthesis. As an explanatory principle, “transformation and transcendence of the empirical self,” invites reflection on several current debates in religious studies, comparative religion and the psychology and philosophy of religion. The conclusion infers the possibility of translating this hermeneutical insight into a better understanding of the dynamics of spiritual growth in general and, by extension, of the meaning, nature and function of religion.
DegreeDoctor of Philosophy
SubjectBuddhism - Spiritual life
Catholic Church - Spiritual life
Dept/ProgramBuddhist Studies
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/274671

 

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dc.contributor.advisorEndo, T-
dc.contributor.authorMillet, Gil Daniel-
dc.date.accessioned2019-09-09T07:21:30Z-
dc.date.available2019-09-09T07:21:30Z-
dc.date.issued2019-
dc.identifier.citationMillet, G. D.. (2019). The path and the castle : a comparative study of the Path of purification of Buddhaghosa and the Interior castle of Saint Teresa of Ávila : an analytical study on their similarities in the dynamics of spiritual life. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR.-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/274671-
dc.description.abstractParallels between the spiritual paths of Theravāda Buddhists and Discalced Carmelites have long been observed, although not satisfactorily explained. This study contributes to objectively clarifying the similarities and differences between the two paths; and to explain their phenomenological similarities and structural affinities. This latter goal is carried out by identifying relationships between both religious systems and determining if there is an underlying level where they converge, irrespective of their undeniable differences. To achieve this end, the research comparatively examines the dynamics of spiritual development as described in two iconic works from the respective traditions: The Path of Purification (Visuddhimagga) by Bhadantācariya Buddhaghosa and The Interior Castle (Castillo interior) by Saint Teresa of Ávila. The thesis focuses on the stages of virtue (sīla) and concentration (samādhi) in The Path of Purification, and the Mansions One to Six in The Interior Castle where the similarities are more pronounced. After introducing the rationale that leads to the research and its expected outcome and delimitations, the study discusses some of the critical theoretical and methodological problems and issues that arise when engaging in interreligious and cross-cultural comparisons. It then reviews a series of methodological contributions by the school of New Comparativism, whose principles and tools are adopted throughout the study. The research goes on to introduce the background information requisite to understanding the doctrines of spiritual development as laid out by Buddhaghosa and Teresa. After presenting the comparands and their works, as well as their respective cultural and socio-historical contexts and influences, the study offers an overview of our two authors taxonomies of stages, and their notions of the nature and structure of the human being. Next, the thesis contains a systematic and synoptic comparative analysis of the dynamics of spiritual progress described in Buddhaghosa’s and Teresa’s accounts. Through this methodical comparison, the study identifies a series of phenomenological coincidences and disparities and structural correlations and symmetries along the two spiritual processes, despite their irreconcilable differences in principles and final ends. The interpretive part of the study builds on the phenomenological similarities and structural parallels identified in the comparative analysis. Here the hypothesis is tested whether underneath both paths a process of transformation and transcendence of the empirical self takes place which could allow us to construct an explanatory framework for the aforesaid similarities. We conclude that “transformation and transcendence of the experiential self,” as hermeneutical principle, has explanatory efficacy to make intelligible the phenomenological similarities and structural parallels identified throughout the comparative analysis, without violating the integrity of either tradition. The study concludes with some observations on prospects and implications based on the preceding interpretive synthesis. As an explanatory principle, “transformation and transcendence of the empirical self,” invites reflection on several current debates in religious studies, comparative religion and the psychology and philosophy of religion. The conclusion infers the possibility of translating this hermeneutical insight into a better understanding of the dynamics of spiritual growth in general and, by extension, of the meaning, nature and function of religion. -
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)-
dc.relation.ispartofHKU Theses Online (HKUTO)-
dc.rightsThe author retains all proprietary rights, (such as patent rights) and the right to use in future works.-
dc.rightsThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.-
dc.subject.lcshBuddhism - Spiritual life-
dc.subject.lcshCatholic Church - Spiritual life-
dc.titleThe path and the castle : a comparative study of the Path of purification of Buddhaghosa and the Interior castle of Saint Teresa of Ávila : an analytical study on their similarities in the dynamics of spiritual life-
dc.typePG_Thesis-
dc.description.thesisnameDoctor of Philosophy-
dc.description.thesislevelDoctoral-
dc.description.thesisdisciplineBuddhist Studies-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.date.hkucongregation2019-
dc.identifier.mmsid991044138427803414-

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