The Doctrine of Awakening

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The Doctrine of Awakening: The Attainment of Self-Mastery According to the Earliest Buddhist Texts is a book by philosopher and esotericist Julius Evola. The book was first published in Italian as La dottrina del risveglio in 1943. It was translated into English in 1948 by H.E. Musson, and republished in 1997 (ISBN 0-89281-553-1).

Table of Contents[edit]

  • Translator's Foreword
  • Preface
  • Introduction
    • Part I: Principles
  • 1. Varieties of Ascesis
  • 2. The Aryan-ness of the Doctrine of Awakening
  • 3. The Historical Context of the Doctrine of Awakening
  • 4. Destruction of the Demon of Dialectics
  • 5. The Flame and Samsaric Consciousness
  • 6. Conditioned Genesis
  • 7. Determination of the Vocations
    • Part II: Practice
  • 8. The Qualities of the Combatant and the "Departure"
  • 9. Defense and Consolidation
  • 10. Rightness
  • 11. Sidereal Awareness: The Wounds Close
  • 12. The Four Jhana: The "Irradiant Contemplations"
  • 13. The States Free from Form and the Extinction
  • 14. Discrimination Between the "Powers"
  • 15. Phenomenology of the Great Liberation
  • 16. Signs of the Nonpareil
  • 17. The Void: "If the Mind Does Not Break"
  • 18. Up to Zen
  • 19. The Ariya Are Still Gathered on the Vulture's Peak
  • Index


Part I: Principles[edit]

Part I of the book is dedicated to establishing the history and development of ancient Buddhism. Chapter 5 goes on to discusses the notion of Samsara, and describe Buddhist self-mastery as a tiered process of self overcoming and eventual extinction. In Chapter 6, Evola outlines the Buddhist conception of "Conditioned Genisis," or Pratītyasamutpāda, the process through which every living entity is thought to come into being. Conditioned Genesis is highly structured, and entails 12 formal steps, or nidanas.[1]

Part II: Practice[edit]

Part II of the book departs from formal definitions and attempts to aid the reader in integrating an ancient Buddhist outlook into modern life. Throughout this section, Evola is ardent in his claim that the modern world is one of spiritual crisis, and he positions self-mastery through Buddhism as a potential solution.[2]


  1. ^ Evola, Julius (1997). The Doctrine of Awakening. Rochester, Vermont: Inner Traditions. pp. 0–92. ISBN 0-89281-553-1. 
  2. ^ Evola, Julius (1997). The Doctrine of Awakening. Rochester, Vermont: Inner Traditions. pp. 93–246. ISBN 0-89281-553-1. 

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