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October 12, 2010

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I think many aspects relating to the notions of “attachment” are valid. But having said this, I would also state that “you can run, but you can’t hide.” Yes, we can begin the process of detaching ourselves from the five aggregates, but after our sojourns here in the material world, what then? This is the question that determines the full breadth and depth of ‘detachment.’ IF many of the near death experience studies (NDEs) and shared death experience studies (SDEs) are valid (and many of them offer compelling ‘evidence’), then the notion of ‘self’ as it pertains to Buddhism must take these data into account. We are “psychophysical being(s),” but we are also ‘psychospiritual’ beings as well. As Pierre Teilhard de Chardin stated, “We are not humans having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” -- spiritual beings that will have form and function beyond our now mortal lives.

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