Journeys Into Emptiness

Dōgen, Merton, Jung, and the Quest for Transformation


Author: Robert Jingen Gunn

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 9780809139330

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 334

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"Journeys into Emptiness traces the lives of three famous religious seekers and their quests for personal transcendence. Dogen, a thirteenth-century Japanese Zen master, experienced emptiness in wordless meditation - the practice of zazen that spread in time from the Eastern world to the West. Thomas Merton was a twentieth-century Catholic monk whose experience of personal homelessness brought him to explore the tension that lies between solitude and community. Carl Jung, raised by a pious father and a psychologically unbalanced mother, was driven to understand the structure of the psyche, including the male and female elements that exist in every human person." "Robert Jingen Guinn provides wise and compassionate portraits of these emblematic figures. Each of them, in his own way, had to experience emptiness, going beyond consciousness to discover his own personal truth, whether that was rooted in Buddha-nature, God or the unconscious. This "going beyond" became a path to encountering their own unique selves and a deeper sense of life."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Meditations of Global First Philosophy

Quest for the Missing Grammar of Logos


Author: Ashok K. Gangadean

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791476062

Category: Philosophy

Page: 328

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Traces the roots of logos in different cultural milieux.

The Zen Impulse and the Psychoanalytic Encounter


Author: Paul C. Cooper

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135840792

Category: Psychology

Page: 256

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Although psychoanalysis and Zen Buddhism derive from theoretical and philosophical assumptions worlds apart, both experientially-based traditions share at their heart a desire for the understanding, development, and growth of the human experience. Paul Cooper utilizes detailed clinical vignettes to contextualize the implications of Zen Buddhism in the therapeutic setting to demonstrate how its practices and beliefs inform, relate to, and enhance transformative psychoanalytic practice. The basic concepts of Zen, such as the identity of the relative and the absolute and the foundational principles of emptiness and dependent-arising, are given special attention as they relate to the psychoanalytic concepts of the unconscious and its processes, transference and countertransference, formulations of self, and more. In addition, through an analysis of apophasis, a unique style of discourse that serves as a basic structure for mystical languages, he provides insight into the structure of the seemingly irrational Zen koan in order to demonstrate its function as a pedagogical and psychological tool. Though mindful of their differences, Cooper’s intent throughout is to illustrate how the practices of both Zen and psychoanalysis become internalized by the individual who engages in them and can, in turn, inform one another in mutually beneficial ways in an effort to comprehend the ramifications of an individual or collective expanding vision.

In the Empire of Genghis Khan: A Journey Among Nomads (Text Only)


Author: Stanley Stewart

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007394039

Category: Travel

Page: 304

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As a child, award-winning travel writer Stanley Stewart dreamed of crossing Mongolia on horseback. This is the story of how that dream was fulfilled by following in the footsteps of a 13th-century Franciscan friar.

Thomas Merton

Contemplative Critic


Author: Henri J. M. Nouwen

Publisher: Liguori/Triumph

ISBN: 9780892435081

Category: Religion

Page: 158

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A unique meditation on the life & writings of Thomas Merton by one of the most popular Catholic writers today. "In reading this book one can meet for a brief moment, the living spirit of Merton. It is a refreshing encounter." (John Eudes Bamberger)

To Meet the Real Dragon


Author: Gudo Nishijima,Jeffrey Bailey


ISBN: 9781430319504

Category: Religion

Page: 244

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Buddhist masters of the past have explained the relationship between Buddhist theory and the Truth by way of a simple metaphor. The Truth, they say, is like the distant moon. Ideas, theories, and explanations are merely fingers pointing at that far-away goal. They are not, and can never be, the moon itself. So this book is one such finger, a finger pointing at the moon, but the moon itself can be touched by you alone... The Buddhism which emerges from To Meet the Real Dragon is not a Buddhism for gods or supermen. It is Buddhism for real people: ordinary human beings with ordinary human problems. It is humanistic Zen--Zen for human beings. Here are a few of the topics covered by this very readable book: What is Religion, Meeting a True Master, Master Dogen, Science and Buddhism, Idealism and Materialism, Gautama Buddha, The Four Noble Truths, The Transmission of the Truth, Cause and Effect, Not Doing Wrong, Action: The Centre of Buddhism, Zazen, The Four Philosophies.

About Merton

Secondary Sources 1945-2000; a Bibliographic Workbook; Featuring: Books and Reviews, Articles and Essays, Theses and Dissertations, News Stories and Interviews, Poetry, Arts, Media ...


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 248

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Time Apart for Silence and Solitude


Author: Roger Housden

Publisher: Harpercollins

ISBN: 9780060639051

Category: Religion

Page: 217

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This practical, beautifully illustrated guide to spiritual retreat masterfully introduces the world's contemplative traditions and leads readers down the pathway toward solitude and contemplation.



Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: American literature

Page: N.A

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