Mysticism - Christian and Buddhist - The Eastern and Western by Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki

By Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki

This can be a learn of Buddhist mysticism, contrasted and in comparison with Christian mysticism, fairly the writings of Meister Eckhart. Suzuki explores similarities among Buddhist and Christian ideas of infinity, eternity and the transmigration of souls. This ebook explains many tough Buddhist thoughts, together with kono-mama, a country of religious contentment. additionally integrated is broad fabric in regards to the 'Pure Land' university of Zen Buddhism of Renno Shonin, really translations of resource fabric.

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According to the Nirvāna Sūtra (of the Mahāyāna school), these four (jō-raku-ga-jō) are the qualities of Nirvana, and Nirvana is attained when we have knowledge, when the mind is freed from thirst (taṇhā), cravings (āsava), and conditionality (sankhāra). While Nirvana is often thought to be a negativistic idea the Mahāyāna followers have quite a different interpretation. For they include autonomy (ga, ātman) as one of its qualities (guna), and autonomy is free will, something dynamic. Nirvana is another name for the Emptiness.

According to Eckhart, I have read many writings both of heathen philosophers and sages, of the Old and the New Testaments, and I have earnestly and with all diligence sought the best and the highest virtue whereby man may come most closely to God and wherein he may once more become like the original image as he was in God when there was yet no distinction between God and himself before God produced creatures. And having dived into the basis of things to the best of my ability I find that it is no other than absolute detachment (abegescheidenheit) from everything that is created.

14] " From this we can see most decidedly that Eckhart was far from being a pantheist. In this respect Mahāyāna Buddhism is also frequently and erroneously stamped as pantheistic, ignoring altogether a world of particulars. Some critics seem to be ready and simple-minded enough to imagine that all doctrines that are not transcendentally or exclusively monotheistic are pantheistic and that they are for this reason perilous to the advancement of spiritual culture. It is true that Eckhart insists on finding something of a Godlike nature in each one of us, otherwise the birth of God's only Son in the soul would be impossible and his creatures would forever be something utterly alienated from him.

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