Category Archives: The Soul

The Soul: Epilogue

This concludes our compendium series on the nature of the soul. It covered sundry religious and philosophical motifs ranging from ancient Greek to present-day quantum soul realizations. The one salient theme or thread woven throughout is the principium of the … Continue reading

Posted in Spirituality, The Soul | Tagged | 1 Comment

The Lanka and the no-soul

In order to have the best overall comprehension of Unborn Mind Zen’s notion of a soul, one first needs to turn to the best foundational source, the Lankavatara Sutra. As we do so keep in mind this question: Does a … Continue reading

Posted in The Soul, Zen | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The Quantum Factor

The narrative for a Quantum-Soul Factor begins with what are known as NDE/OBEs, or after-death experiences. The notion that conscious activity exists after death has been deeply engrained into the psyche of both Eastern and Western religions throughout the millennium. … Continue reading

Posted in The Soul | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Dignāga and Anātman

For the Buddhist segment in our series we need to turn to the general father of Buddhist epistemology, and additionally the doctrine of the No-Soul (Self). Dignāga (480-540 CE) was a profound Buddhist scholar and logistician and elucidates in his … Continue reading

Posted in The Soul | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

Chinese-Taoist Soul Structures

Chinese philosophy did not have a dichotomy between spirit or matter, or soul and body as we witnessed in our Greek-thought portions of our series. They are perfectly merged in the Principle of the Yin-Yang constructions. Soul=灵魂 líng hún Ling … Continue reading

Posted in The Soul | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Advaita Vedanta & the Self

We are now entering into more familiar ground with less emphasis on soul extensions as Advaita Vedanta places them as secondary to the all-encompassing and Cosmic notion of the Self. The Self is synonymous with Ātman or the Absolute Parabrahman. … Continue reading

Posted in The Soul | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

North American Indian Soulology

Of all our blog-segments for this series the present one is perhaps the most intriguing. For such a primitive culture the North American Indians notion of soul is far from simplicity—indeed, it is rooted in various soul-extensions or soul-pluralisms. Essentially, … Continue reading

Posted in The Soul | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Christian Mystics & the Soul

The first on the horizon to give birth to what became known as Christian Mysticism is undoubtedly Dionysius the Areopagite. He in essence formulated the terminology that Christian Mystics use to describe their experience of Union with the Godhead. Yea, … Continue reading

Posted in The Soul | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Aerial Toll Houses

The phenomenon of what has become known as the Aerial Toll Houses is Eastern Orthodox in origin. It was made popular again due to the efforts of Fr. Seraphim Rose (1934-1982) in his book, The Soul After Death. But it’s … Continue reading

Posted in The Soul | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

St. Maximus the Confessor: Premier Ascetical Theologian of the Byzantine Orthodox Tradition

We now turn East in our series and consider the most brilliant Byzantine-Orthodox Ascetical Theologian of them all, St. Maximus (Maximos) the Confessor (580-662). He lived through the most catastrophic period the Byzantine Empire was to experience before the Crusades. … Continue reading

Posted in The Soul | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment