From the Faculty: Jeffery D. Long

The contemplative traditions are relatively unanimous on the status of “illusion” as an obstacle to contemplative insight. What is the source of illusion, insofar as you understand it?

My understanding of illusion is that we are its source.  It is our own ignorance, interacting with the reality of existence, that gives rise to illusion.  So, to use the great metaphor from Advaita Vedānta, we see a rope.  The rope is real, and is really there, having certain characteristics.  But due to poor lighting (our ignorance) we pe

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