Review of The Doctrine of Awakening by Julius Evola

Posted on October 18, 2009
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The Doctrine of Awakening by Julius Evola

As always, I find myself intrigued by the depth of exploration that Evola brings to any of his books. In this book he discusses the earliest Buddhist texts and makes some persuasive arguments against how Buddhism is currently perceived. The analysis of the texts and techniques as well as instructions on the techniques makes for a very insightful read. I got a lot out of the book and undoubtedly will get even more when I re-read the book.

This book isn’t for the casual reader. Evola’s writing is very dense and heady. You will likely need to re-read some of his passages to fully grasp what he is conveying, but once you do grasp, your understanding will be solid. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Buddhist mysticism or meditational practices.

5 out of 5

Comments

4 comments
khephra
khephra

Wow, 5 stars for Evola?! Do you find yourself agreeing with traditionalist views in other areas?

khephra
khephra

Wow, 5 stars for Evola?! Do you find yourself agreeing with traditionalist views in other areas?

TaylorE
TaylorE

I like Evola's work...it's clear that he doesn't come to his conclusions because of what other people have done, but rather through his own experiences with the concepts. I wouldn't typify myself as a traditionalist, but I am someone who enjoys good scholarship and good discussions on the works in question, and Evola provided some very insightful information.

TaylorE
TaylorE

I like Evola's work...it's clear that he doesn't come to his conclusions because of what other people have done, but rather through his own experiences with the concepts. I wouldn't typify myself as a traditionalist, but I am someone who enjoys good scholarship and good discussions on the works in question, and Evola provided some very insightful information.