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"it appears to me that Thomas Aquinas was just enumerating five ways to "quieten the mind of the practitioner", and not at all about ontology (the study of "what really is")"

Perhaps so, but his message would have had a difficult time being heard in a millieu not especially given to complementarity. I would say that his approach amounts to trying to get out of the mode of Nyaya-Vasheshika (Rationality) which was uncomfortably entwined with Mimamsa (Theism), without the balancing effects of Samkhya, Yoga and Vedanta.

by sandalwood on Fri Jan 4th, 2008 at 02:47:30 PM EST
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