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SHEEHAN, kayla 101 LS160 Written Assignment Feb 3(2)

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Sheehan, Kayla Section 101 LS160 Written Assignment Due 2/3/09 “Knowledge and Vision of the Way” Knowledge and Appearance as Terror is one of nine insights necessary to complete the Buddhist path. This insight occurs after Knowledge of Contemplation of Dissolution, which allows the meditator to realize that all formations have and will eventually dissolve. Once the meditator is able to do this, the formations “appear to him in the form of a great terror.” This phrase, “great terror,” is really key to this particular passage, and accounts for the use of the simile of a mother witnessing the execution of her sons. The simile describes a woman witnessing the beheading of her three sons. She watches the first son be executed, and watches as the second one is executed, and then assumes that the third son “will fare like them.” The woman’s seeing the first son’s execution serves as an allegory for a meditator’s seeing the end of past formations. The second son’s execution is a similar symbol,
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