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Tim, I suspect the Longinus connection might not have occurred to me explicitly if you had not mentioned the sublime a while ago. Of course I've no idea where you are going to go with Longinus, but the ethical connection is where I go-- the sublime as a kind of felt telos. The bit about the face and the logoi has been simmering on the back burner for a good while. I'm working more on this, we'll see where it goes. But your assertion that withdrawal = emptiness --whether or not this is "orthodox" Madhyamaka-- was a crucial catalyst. I won't go so far as to say that I'm sure it was "what the Buddha taught," but I know it grabbed me.
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