Learning to Listen: Reflections on Interreligious Aesthetics, by William Dyrness

But how are we to conceive of this bridgework between traditions? Let me address this by referencing one of the chasms the bridge is meant to cross: experience and critical reflection. One paper in this panel suggests to me that Rasas, for the Hindu believer, carry the very same analytic weight that “critical reflection” does for a western thinker. Rasa is not simply a dimension of experience, it is clearly a reflective category, or even, a theological category, in the sense of proposing that such experiences count as tastes of the divine and anticipate the final experience of moksha. But it is reflective only from a certain perspective—in terms of, I would say, a specific “receptive imagination.”

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