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Book: The Five Principles of Middle Way Philosophy

Chapter: f. Temporary Integration

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44190


Temporary integration is a bodily state that abates absolutization and conflict only for as long as it lasts. This is not just a state of suppressive concentration, but rather one in which conflicts are contextualized due to relaxation, as in the Buddhist jhanas. However, temporary integration does not change the long-term neural tracks of belief, which will require a critical thinking and judgement process. States of temporary integration need to be invested effectively to support long-term integration, but instead they can be easily reified and absolutized.

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  • Robert Ellis ( - rmellis) 'Middle Way Society'