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As Ram shows, while the ways that possession affects the bodies of men and women in Tamil Nadu may be gendered (that is, Tamil women experience possession as unwanted and afflictive, whereas Tamil men receive years of informal training in temples and develop the capacity to be possessed by deity), the agency experienced in possession may be said to illustrate the universal capacity of humankind.
Elements for a phenomenological ordering of afflictive experiences
As a student pointed out to me upon reading the book, Erzen, who was trained in American studies rather than religious studies, seems at times to believe that extreme religiosity of this sort is itself an addiction, or perhaps the spiritual methadone used to subdue whatever physical or emotional cravings one perceives as afflictive.
Beings are prone to afflictive emotions like hatred etc.
Pain (and discomfort and anger and any afflictive feeling) reminds us that we aren't in harmony with what is happening.
Cognitive, physical, and afflictive behaviors on fact-based search tasks.
Cyclic Existence</p> <pre> Once we finally recognize the suffering state we are in, the all-pervasive suffering that the afflictive emotions such as attachment and anger inflict upon us, we develop a sense of frustration and disgust with our present predicament.
His Holiness's practice of nonviolence in extremely difficult circumstances over many decades bears witness to the power of the Buddhist tradition of training the mind to overcome afflictive emotions and is a gift to the entire world.
Her work of healing illustrates the path of tantric Buddhism, in which the afflictive emotions are not execrated, denied or repressed, but rather are clearly seen, fully owned, and deeply understood; in this way, negativity is transmuted into the compost out of which wisdom and compassion may grow.
In every single session after the initial peaceful one, I was under assault by afflictive emotions--anger, fear, panic, and doubt--which were far more powerful than the run-of-the-mill distractions and disturbing thoughts I had encountered in the first few months of my practice.
It has been said, too, that so many afflictive incidents happening to a slave are improbable, and present a distorted view of the institution.
Devastated by speechlessness after her brother drowned in 1840, convinced that "this long silence, embracing the most afflictive time of [her] whole life" could be neither poetically verbalized nor transcended, she began to question the redemptive model of lyric poetry to which she had previously subscribed.