The Buddha as an Innovator Genius

Ricketts, R. (2017)

The Buddha as an Innovator Genius In the four books I have written, I have shown how, in modern terms, the Buddha’s teachings can be called a doctrine of Transcendence Psychology that has a universal application for the wellbeing, wisdom and happiness of all human beings. As an innovator, the Buddha reworked and cut through the routinized cultural forms of spiritual meanings of his time. This began with his search for meaning that stemmed from his deep individual need as a way of resolving his own aesthetic tension according to his unique history. As a genius he reworked meaning into a result that the whole culture could and can share. He made a personal resolution that has been utilized by others for centuries. As a genius, he carried society forward with him allowing others to experience the triumph of his insights. He altered the standards of meanings and created far-reaching psychological understandings and innovations. The tensions of Siddharta's, the pre-Buddha, whole life situation could not be resolved by the standard world view and he could no longer be nourished from what the culture’s symbol systems offered to him at that particular historical time and place.Through the Buddha’s genius there was a creative solution of the problem of suffering – a liberation. This type of innovator is usually not radical by intent but rather in their effect. Siddhārtha was not at first trying to create innovation in the common external world but only in his thoughts and behavior. He wanted to first set his world right and then, as the Buddha or Awakened One, he gave the world his private insights and program – The Eightfold Path. As an innovator the Buddha began timidly, not as a world shaker. However, after offering up his insights and finding acceptance, the Buddha moved forward over the conventional systems of culture with new meanings. The Buddha’s supremely private achievement became the highest public good.

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