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The Fourth Turning: Imagining the Evolution of an Integral Buddhism [Kindle Edition]

Ken Wilber
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Book Description

What might the Buddhism of the future look like? With all that we have learned in the modern and postmodern world, how can Buddhists be true to the central teachings of the tradition while also including them in a new framework that is inclusive of ongoing discoveries? Ken Wilber here explores these key questions facing Buddhism and indeed all of the world’s great religions today, showing how traditional Buddhist teachings themselves suggest an ongoing evolution leading toward a more unified, holistic, and interconnected spirituality. Touching on all of the key turning points in the history of Buddhism, Wilber describes the unique way in which the tradition has been open to the continuing unfolding and expansion of its own teachings, and he suggests possible paths toward an ever more Integral approach.

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  • File Size: 538 KB
  • Print Length: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications (March 11, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ISAN11O
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,208 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Word of Warning!!! March 25, 2014
This is not his next book, this is a preview for a book that is coming out next year, but this is only mentioned inside the actual book.

So this is a small version of his yet not published book, the price is right for a small book, but the marketing is misleading and this should be addressed ASAP
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2.0 out of 5 stars Yet ANOTHER repetition of Wilber's work March 26, 2014
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As anticipated, much of this piece is a re-statement of Wilber's previously published material (the majority several times over) and offers little by way of new insight. It is astonishing to see how one author can apparently gain so much mleage from repeating the same material to such a high degree.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is a book with a far-reaching vision, in a way a visionary book. It's central thesis is that the core ideas of the Great Spiritual and Religious Traditions are urgently needing re-interpretation and being included in a more inclusive context. These core ideas can literally and seriously be retained, when applying an `Integral Framework'. The core doctrines need to include the many new discoveries about spiritual experience, spiritual intelligence, and spiritual development, and in science and the humanities; discoveries that have been made during the last thousand years. The fundamental dogma's and dharmas and gospels were originally created at least a thousand years ago and there have been hardly any `updates'. Wilber suggests a spiritual framework that `transcends and includes' the central teachings of the Traditions, including the old but also adding a significant amount of new material that is fully compatible with the old, but that, in essence, brings it up to date in the modern and postmodern world.
Buddhism, while needing updates has, unlike virtually every other Great Tradition, always been open to the continuing unfolding and expansion of its own teachings, as already evidenced in its own notion of the `Three Turnings of the Wheel of Dharma (Truth),' that refer to earlier updatings. While not everybody from the main Buddhist schools in East and West will agree with all these `updatings,' yet Wilber makes out a strong case.
The groundwork for Integral may already have been presented before, in earlier books (stages, states, shadows etc); however, what touches me here is the refinement, the elaborations, specific applications, and real-life examples, that make the book so lively and urgent.
States of consciousness and structure stages of development get ample attention.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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In this relatively short expose Ken Wilber quickly encapsulates many years of his previous works in an easily understandable outline of where Buddhism can and probably should go. The book parallels the sort of work the Dali Lama has been doing in aligning Buddhist concepts with scientific and emotional intelligence.

I have always found Buddhism pragmatic, instructional and rational/objective and Wilber is advocating to increase these attributes with the addition of research pioneered by the West and articulated by his comprehensive and ground breaking writings over the last 30 years.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I like some of Ken Wilber's ideas September 11, 2014
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I like some of Ken Wilber's ideas, and I was so excited to read this little book as someone who is on a Buddhist path, but it was kind of disappointing because it was convoluted and it did not directly address "Integral Buddhism." Rather, Wilber circled around what the book should been about!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Most of the conflict or unclear resolution in discussions that I have experienced in the past 14 years of my search for spiritual relief and spiritual seeking for big answers, have revolved around mixing of mental state and developmental structural categories and issues. NOW I understand my discomfort in some of the miraculous stories told from Bible perspective or even Buddhist perspective. I left the desire or ability to believe in sages being able to walk through walls in my childhood when I was in the Magic Mythic structural stage. But in my late middle age, I cannot find the value in the spiritual teacher/sage's ability to turn water into wine or leave their body and fly.
Ken Wilber's way of explaining consciousness and reality makes a lot of sense and now is the time for another school/philosophy of Buddhism to be recognized. It has never made any sense to me why Buddhism can only be described or allowed to progress through an Eastern-Cultured mind or only a male mind. If Buddha mind is basic to all humans, then Buddhist ideas and schools can emerge from Western Cultures and females also and be just as valid. There is also an inherent belief that ancient thought and ancient beings are wiser and more valid than "Beings Living Now" ....but how can that be so if basic Buddha nature is unchanged and pervasive from the beginning to the present. If Basic Goodness is the basis of all human minds then today is as good as the past for knowing, speaking, and establishing truth.
It bothers me that teachers from the Eastern Countries sometimes insist on retaining the ancient iconography, language and words for rituals that we cannot understand or find useful without many mind steps and endless explanations to be able to translate into a useful spiritual practice.
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It's a little techy but a useful framework through which to look at the evolution of social consciousness. It outlines the need to incorporate this understanding with the learnings transmitted via traditional religions in order to have fuller, more functional religion(s).
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Published 7 months ago by Tiaan
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking, informative, well written. Not for ...
Thought Provoking, informative, well written. Not for the short of attention span, but an important book for those passionate about their own personal evolution and the future of... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Susan Moore-Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read -
Good book, contains a solid recommendation for Buddhism. At the same time, many repetitions from previous Integral / Ken Wilber material.
Published 9 months ago by Koen vd Biggelaar
5.0 out of 5 stars Another outstanding look for 21st century spirituality
once again Wilber has outdone himself by providing an outline of what 21st century spirituality should look like. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Joan Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!
This I such a great read. If you are interested in Buddhism Wow! this is very special!
I didn't know anything about Ken Wilber before reading this book, I loved it and am now... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Stacey Himmel
5.0 out of 5 stars A tremendously important topic
Who better to undertake this audacious enterprise than the super-smart Ken Wilber whose attainment, as I understand it, was certified by a dzogchen master of great repute in the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by S. Boyd
5.0 out of 5 stars What a grandiose vision!
Wilber's maps of maps of maps will allow you to intentionally and skillfully navigate the development course of your own consciousness and deeply understand the evolution of the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Rolf Carriere
4.0 out of 5 stars Important visionary book
Wilber brings his all quadrant all level view of consciousness to religion and spirituality. He brings together western and eastern thought to deal with growing up and waking up.
Published 12 months ago by Walter Parsons
4.0 out of 5 stars A synopsis of his coming work
Interesting perspective. I applaud the leveling of states and stages as requisite fields of inquiry for a full understanding of "enlightenment" as well as spiritual... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Michael Mallett
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