Awareness Bound and Unbound: Realizing the Nature of Attention

  title={Awareness Bound and Unbound: Realizing the Nature of Attention},
  author={David R. Loy},
  journal={Philosophy East and West},
  pages={223 - 243}
  • D. Loy
  • Published 4 April 2008
  • Art
  • Philosophy East and West
This essay takes seriously the many Buddhist admonitions about ''not settling down in things'' and the importance of wandering freely ''without a place to rest.'' The basic thesis is that delusion (samsāra, ignorance) is awareness trapped (stuck), and liberation (nirvāna, enlightenment) is awareness freed from grasping. The familiar words ''attention'' and ''awareness'' are used to emphasize that the distinction being drawn refers not to some abstract metaphysical entity but simply to how our… 
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