Taoist Meditation Practice and the Hesychast Tradition / "Stillness-Contemplation": Lao Tzu, Evagrius, Eckhart

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Session 3 & 4 of "Trinity and Tao: Christian and Taoist Spirituality"

Talk 3: Taoist Meditation Practice and the Hesychast Tradition

Talk 4: "Stillness-Contemplation": Lao Tzu, Evagrius, Eckhart

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the topic for this evening is
bow is the meditation techniques and the se cause tradition
you might previous parks i have presented the idea of a daoist sage and the downs metaphysical vision of the world
as glance the conceives an intimate connection between humans and the world surrounding us the two topics are closely related
the way of life of the sake should be modeled on the way of down as manifested in nature
now the scheme of meditation is equally related to the previous topics for the purpose of meditation is to enable us to perceive the down
that's as well as in nature and thereby to be united to it in a conscious way
hence meditation practice is at the basis of the towers the way of living
in this park i shall first examine some texts from classical terrorism that is from landfill and johnson which have given inspiration to the later development of various towns meditation methods
i shall then summarize the basic elements of various methods and compare and compare them with analogous christian is especially in the so-called hetty past tradition
although lousy does not teach meditation techniques as such some passages of the damaging author important insights into the meaning and purpose of meditation
as love with provides the well-known expressions embracing the one
or attaining the one which had adopted as darvish terms permit patient
the term embracing the one appears in the opening verse of chapter ten were allows the poses the questions
in keeping your spirit to embrace the one can you never depart from it
in concentrating your grass to a pin softness can you be like an infant in purifying your inner vision can you make it spotless
all these expressions embracing the one concentrating ones press and purify one's inner vision of significant for the topic of meditation
in chapter twenty to be read that bot assange embraces the one he becomes the mother of the world
then check the thirty nine users are slightly different afraid of attaining the one
quote those are owed that attain the one or the following
heaven i pinged the one thereby is clear
those opinions the one thereby is peaceful spirits attained the one thereby are efficacious values obtained the one thereby i was a package
ten thousand things attained the one thereby come to be
in this passage embracing or attaining the one means more than attending a psychological state of when crankiness
the one stands for something essential to each particular being not to hate does the sage embraced the one but all things come to existence and become what they are by attaining the wine
what is the one the announcer
you can be identified with down and yet distinct from it
the porsche ongoing commentary of lancer caused the one the child of down
that has reviewed the important text dealing with the origin of the world of which we discussed this morning
of states
dow gives birth to one one gives birth to two to gives birth to three three he whispers to ten thousand things
chapter forty two
the what is new which is been of down as would
to serve as the grounds of our being and as the creative energy to produce the ten thousand things
bonobo prior to heaven and earth the one is situated between the absolutely fabulous would at the ten thousand things each with it's definite form
the one is the orange you know fabulous vortex of creative energy at the world beginning from which all things will see that determination and become what they are
the one or you can also be calling a cheap breasts our energy it is the primordial cheap before it gives birth to two that is before it differentiates into the to poach he of in and young
you are she is called one not only because it is the first to be buying a pool but also because one and a sam hi mm audio cheap permeates and sustains the whole universe making it into one costs
that we should why we have been cosmos in the dow is thinking it because there is one single cheap that permeates unites everything
hence by embracing the one the daoist sage not only perceive as his oneness with down but also transcends his individual self experiencing oneness with the whole universe
this universal experience should be the proper go an effect of medication can become one with down and with nature
whereas loves the insists on embracing the one for attaining the one johnson proposes the followings following expressions which have had great significance for subsequent development in dallas meditation practice
that means fasting of the mind and sitting in oblivion
the first section of chapter four the chancellor presents a fictitious dialogue between january and the master confucius
you knew of the confuse the condition of strive and struggle under the oppressive rule in a state of wei yang wei proposed the several tactics to cope with the situation
after refuting ghana ways suggestions as the an inadequate confucius proposed his own solution that is by fasting of the mind
confucius goes onto explain what he meant by that
make your will one don't listen with your years listen with your mind
no demonstration with her mind but listen with your spirit or she listening stops with the years the mind stops with recognition but spirit is empty and waits on all things
dow gathers in emptiness alone
an emptiness is the fashioning of the mind
here confucius you might get gangway to listen with cheap the chinese character she is rendered here by curate it has a different meaning from what i have just seen it a passage of lancer when she means breaths or energy
here the same comfort she means an empty and gloom in mind that results of advance cultivation
emptiness is the passing of the mind
this last sentence sums up the meaning of the passage it means emptying the minds of the cell and of all selfish desires so that's an inner light a rhymes in an empty and tranquil mind thereby allowing one to be
become enlightened
the are the expansion sitting in oblivion is found in chapter six up chancel again it is presented in a conversation between gangway and confuse years yang wei was telling the master confucius about his
recent progress in his spiritual cultivation
ironically yaqui identify his progress with his ability to forget the confusion virtues such as anybody else and righteousness and neglecting rights and music which formed the essential elements of confusion ceremonies
the replied with approval of course he was chancellor who was putting the words into his mouth
confucius also consider this as not enough
yang wage to had not got it
and at a day the to metagame and yang for you said i hope i'm making progress what do you mean by that and yet every replied
i can sit in oblivion
confucius was paddled and asked by white explanation and yang wei said
i let my limbs and body drop away drive our perception and intellect cast off ball do away with understanding and make myself identical with the breakdown
this is what i mean by sitting in oblivion
confucius was peas and he asked to become games disciple instead
this expression from classical damage and of lancer and johnson that is embracing the one fasting of the mind and sitting in oblivion
inspired the subsequent development of various towns meditation techniques
religious taoism comprises many traditions and therefore different methods of meditation
this can be divided into two major groups concentrated meditation and insight meditation
concentrated meditation which often goes with the term embracing the one is defined as a state in which the conscious awareness of the individual is fixed on one single object to the exclusion of all others
insight meditation on the other hand also termed inner observation or be passionate is considered an advanced the type of meditation practice in which the adept maintains an open awareness to all kimberley
in and undiscriminating fashion
now is the meditation is based on the conviction that the human body is an exact replica a micro microcosm of the outside universe the microcosm
deities and spirits are believed that to dwell in corresponding sectors of the human body as in various regions of the universe
for this reason some thousand the meditation techniques involve a visualization of the gods or spirits inhabiting different parts of the body he nodded to invoke them or tried them away
in spite of the great variety of diverse meditation techniques there are some basic elements common to them such as external posture breathing exercise and concentration or a general state of mind photos
regarding external posture when we sit in the lotus position or adopt the posture of any bottle writing on a train
that is by leading down and sitting on by some kilos that's the classical pas posture and of an immortal writing on a crane
when we also sit on a chair or take a standing position to the important thing is to keep the backbone and the head straight
as we got briefing after making some preliminary breathing exercise has been learned this afternoon one then enters into a rhythmic deep breathing reaching down into the abdomen
after taking a proper posture and regulating one's breathing one begins to regulate the minds by concentration or a state of mindfulness in concentrated meditation one's mind is fixed on a particular object it
may be an inner object such as a certain area of the body most frequently the lower than him for tandem in japanese situated about two inches below the navel and two inches inside the body
the mind can also concentrate on an external object such as music rain flowing water ocean sky light color and so on
when can also make use of a combination of outer and inner objects such as paying attention to one's own briefing while listening to bands inhaling and exhaling count numbers are reciting a mantra inferiorly
as the mind is distracted by a thousand thoughts the function of concentration is to replace the ten thousand thoughts with one single start
is chinese saying is the secret for sitting meditation
yeah insight meditation on the other hand one should try to maintain a state of mindfulness being attentive to oneself and one's surroundings perceptive to all the inner movements and all his family coming from outside
i shall speak more about insipid sanitation tomorrow morning
the purpose of dallas meditation ph concentricity by insight meditation is to create the petitioner from the delusion of a separate self he nodded to obtain an intuitive perception of oneness with the universe
cause and with down which permeates all things
a nine buddhism the gold of meditation is not limited to attaining enlightenment only but it's also related to preserving good house achieving longevity and preparing one's spirit body for immortality
i shall say something about or so cause pity body later on
there are also some signs or secondary effects that accompany the progress of meditation practice such as perceiving certain vibration and was in the body and seeing a vision of light
the dow is up speak about this physical sensible phenomenon
such damage meditation practices call to my certain forms of christian meditation
despite the basic differences between them i perceive a certain affinity between towers meditation and the eastern se cast tradition that focuses on the prayer of the heart or the jesus prayer
since the middle of this century he offered of spirituality of the jesus prayer has been widely diffused in the western latin church thanks to the translation of the way of a pilgrim and the pillow korea you to different european languages
the practice of the jesus prayer as you know consists in a calm and rhythmic repetition of a brief implication involving the holy name of jesus the standard formula is lord jesus christ son of god have mercy on me
there are variations to this standard formula you can be shortened to lord jesus christ have mercy on me or simply lord jesus have mercy
sometimes the words as similar are added to the end have mercy on me a sinner
one of the chief aims of the jesus prayer is precisely to achieve one point he knows you can be compared to concentricity of meditation the human mind is always active
thoughts keep moving rest restlessly and aimlessly in our mind like the buzzing of flies or the capricious beeping of done of monkeys lot punkish
from bench to bench
it is of little use to say to ourselves stopped thinking we might as well say stop breathing
the rational mind cannot remain completely idle
the begun our power to make the continual chattering about sports disappear what we can do is to detach ourselves from them gently but persistently
he nodded to let go the multiplicity of thoughts by a joke thirty photos a fifth century monk recommends that we should give the mine some task which will satisfy its need for activity that is something which will keep it's a fish
they occupied without allowing it to be too active
the constant evocation of lord jesus is proposed for this purpose
for a similar reason he opened the russian records of the last century teachers bad to start the continual jostling of our thoughts you must bind the minds with one thought for the thoughts of one only
this strategy remains as lances embracing the one
and is certainly in keeping with a chinese saying which bumps the basic rule on one hundred us
that is to replace the ten thousand thoughts with one single time
yet our case is one single thought for the thought of one only is the holy name of jesus the jesus prayer is that a way of keeping guard over the mind and the heart it serves as the focusing object in a concentrated meditation
however the teachers price not just a kind of mantra devised for inducing people into quiet and stillness according to the biblical tradition the name stands for the persian the name jesus was announced by an angel to indicate
his saving mission jesus means god is our savior
during his life and ministry on earth saving power constantly camp was from his person to heal the sick and deliver the possessed from the dominion of evil spirits
the implication of the holy name of jesus has a queen-size sacramento effect that renders him present to us
hence in addition to achieving one point in us the jesus prayer and naples as to embrace the one that is the one recent lot experiencing his presence and saving transforming power
in this way in this way of embracing the one we find both similarity and difference between the jesus prayer and thousand meditation
face in the savior he said the heart of the jesus prayer and should distinguish it from most towers medication practices which are not concerned with a savior figure
moreover the jesus prayer is meant to be a nun is cursive an image that's prayer it introduces the as payment to a sense of the presence of the recent board without the permission of any mental picture or visual concept
this is another difference from various towns meditation techniques which involve vivid visualization or the parts of the audience
having party out this difference let me continue to point out
some other parros
the jesus prayer was developed into a complex psycho physiological methods by the petty cash commands on mount athos in the fourteenth century to explain it briefly the messa evolved an external posture or
breathing technique internally gazing at the center of the belly that is at the naval and an inner search by the place of the heart
we have discussed all these different aspects during a workshop on jesus prayer
here one can easily see the similarity between the physical method as proposed by the fourteenth century se costs and the dallas meditation techniques
nevertheless the physical method is not essential to the jesus prayer and contemporary other writers have been general late less emphasis upon the method they also one that anyone who wishes to adopt the method must do so under a competent spiritual era
actor he nodded to avoid any undesirable consequences
the he casts also spoke of some effects are signs not normally accompanying the practice of the jesus prayer a feeling of bombs and a vision of night
while pointing out the spiritual immaterial character of this quote reality realities they insisted that the walls and like in question could be perceived by our bodily senses provided that these were transformed by the grace
the holy spirit
although the hezekiah's masters consider the physical method together with the sensible effects as something secondary and not essential to the cases prayer they firmly defended its validity as based on two important theological principles
first their practice is linked to an integral holistic view of salvation which implies the transformation of the whole human person body and spirit
second the physical method is also founded on the believe that the process of resurrection and transformation of humans as well as the entire universe has been initiated through the resurrection of jesus with the light of the transport
collation or mount tabor as a preview of the future glory
this view of salvation fines fines residence in the damage holistic vision of salvation which includes the whole person
in appeased good health longevity immortality and harmony with the entire universe
so far we have seen the similarity and also a difference between the two traditions
now let's go on to see something in the writings of johnson
in the rankings of johnson when finds exoteric descriptions of the so called perfect person or a spirited person thus for example we read that in the mountains of a certain remote island their lives or spirit man who does
not each the five grains by sucks in the wind and drink the jew he rides the baker of the clowns jokes flying dragons to his chariot and rooms beyond the four seeds
beautiful description
this and similar metaphorical descriptions in joshua were later taken quite literary and eventually helped to give rise to the believe in him bottles
the chinese character sin he module consists of the graphs for man and for mountain
fuck the bike is to pass man and pumpkin
hence the character literally means to enter the mountains and is extended to mean to live long and banishing in flight
during the han dynasty the belief in a concrete land of the immortals first arose he was identified with the magic islands of can live in the eastern sea or alternatively with the paradise of mount quinlan in the western mount
in this world of the cartoons is a ram our of and beyond the known world it is usually described as a mountain surrounded by water
one finds palaces their powers and cause made up glittering and not be paying materials such as gold and jade what is rare in this world is common their trees grow fruits that ripen only once in three
thousand monday years
birds of golden feathers nest in them the lakes are made up of sweet you of wine or wine they are there are no storms or natural disasters
the land of the immortals cannot be understood by human faculties
it is beyond words and thoughts and the residents of the land live forever and can appear at will anywhere is only an instant
according to believes courage at the time you motto materials could transfer in caters to a human being when ingested
this accounted for the several expeditions sent by the emperor's of the time to the eastern sea to obtain the elixir of life
while some terrorists adepts search the boy elixir that might encourage physical longevity or even immortality other towns believed that true immortality can only be obtained upon physical death
according to the latter we'll test is regarded as a change of residence
the aging body is like a house with rutten walls that these be exchanged by better one
terrorism does not envisage and immortality without a bummer
hence during lifetime each person should prepare for himself as period body suitable for immortality through meditation techniques and by leading a bottle life
this importance of the preparation or based period body suitable for immortality after death
the idea of spirit body is interesting and marriage suffered a discussion let me quote and at a passage by chapter two of chancellor
entitled on the quality of things
the passage deals with the idea of a so called spirit being
the perfect person is a spiritual being even if great oceans burned up he would not feel hot even give it a great rivers or frozen he would not feel cold
and even if terrific thunder were to break up mountains and the wind were to upset the see he would not be afraid
being such he loves upon the cow and fossils of heaven rains on the sun and moon and rooms beyond the four c's
since neither life nor death affects him how much less and such matters as benefit and harm
end quote
the last two sentences probably recapture the real message of the passage
a perfect person is one who is not bound by external circumstances and happening enjoying utter freedom in front of safety and calamity benefit and laws even life and death
but chances description of the spirit being certainly hints at some transformations which have taken place in a perfect person rendering him immune from harm even on the physical level
even at present
this and other similar description gave rise to the idea of a spirit body your data taoism
the idea of spirit body or spiritual body is also found in st paul
in chapter fifteen of the first letter to the corinthians paul discusses the topic of our future resurrection presenting the resurrection of jesus as the pledge and model for our bodily resurrection
in a pregnant passage paul depicts our dying and rising again with the image of sowing the seeds which they have rose into a plant
as paul writes
so it is with the recollection of the dead
what is so is punishable what is rate is impaired imperishable
it is sown in his honor it is raised in glory it is so huge weakness it is range in power it's so a physical body is raised a spiritual body
yep there is a physical body there is also a spiritual body
fetch corinthians fifteen forty two fun for
according to this image of sewing our bodies are buried up the desk and undergo the process of decay but at the ends of the world they will be arranged up again in glory
the last sentences of the passage or of special interest for hours it is so a physical body it is raised a spiritual body if there is a physical body there is also a spiritual body
here paul contrasts a physical body to a spiritual body we can certainly easily understand what a physical body is but it is difficult to grasp what is meant by a spiritual body
by a spiritual body how does not been an immaterial body
rather paul is here following the jewish biblical tradition according to which spiritual means above all off the holy spirit
hence a spiritual body means a body filled with the holy spirit or transformed by the holy spirit
according to the dow is teaching that's pitied body is what one but trying to obtain during this present life through meditation practice and a moral life in a similar way the spiritual body part by paul should be understood as something which
is taking place during one's lifetime
not merely is something we should expect in the future but now here and now
by christian the transformation of our physical bodies into spiritual bodies begins at a time of baptism our immersion into the water he said plunging into the line of the holy spirit by spiritual rebirth which radically transformed the whole
the person body and spirit
our spiritual body continues to grow so the nourishment of the eucharist
yeah in the popular towers believe what becomes immortal fine ingesting he bought with substance for christians the eucharist the body and blood of the recent lord is the immortals substance products belongs
the true elixir of immortality which bestows eternal life to those who partake of it
the eucharist is not only a pledge of our future resurrection it effectively transforms our bodies into spiritual bodies here and now
the hezekiah's insist on the actual transformation of the whole person
they also perceive an intimate connection between the jesus prayer at the eucharist
each invocation of the name of jesus is like an extension of the eucharist
or holy communion within us
according to them the jesus prayer has a queen-size sacramento effect which means that the invocation of the hoodie name renders the recent jesus present in us and enables us to experience he's saving and transforming power
so the t-shirt prayer is understood by the petty cash writers as a kind of extension swell day of hoodie commute of our holy communion
in conclusion
a holistic view observation and the believe in the present transformation of the human person and of the entire universe are common two thousand and christianity in both traditions meditation is presented as a pre eminent way of participate
a thing in this transformation
for the thousands who perceive the dow has inherent in each one of us and in the entire world meditation is the way of returning from external but he plays a key to inner simplicity and to union with down
jesus is the way to the heated towel or the father the reason jesus is present in our hearts and at the same time at the center and heart that the whole creation
by being united with the recent laws so invoking his name and receiving the eucharist we become one with him and threw him with the whole universe
we then are brought back into the signage grand of all things which is the father
the topic for our last park is secureness contemplation
loud through a back and a cat
most people are familiar with zen buddhism which is one of the many schools of buddhism
are the major schools are for example
the tibetan school the pure land school that can hide school etc
there is an important menu on medication attributed to master key the past master of can hi buddhism during the sixth century in china
the text is called shout you climb
why are the first character shout means small the following two characters cheap one mean literary to stop and to look
and correspond to the to sanskrit words samatha and be passionate
hence shank wine can be translated as little menu of samantha be passionate medication
it is a beginner's guide to meditative package including explanations of the preparation the method and the fruits of medication when taxes correctly
in the light of meditation practice to means silencing the active mind and getting rid of discrimination
enquire means observing in troops packing
whether mine is quiet and addressed it acquires clear vision
the object of tiguan is to concentrate the mind by special methods but a purpose of clear insight into the truth and to be rid of illusion
the manual opens with this words
the payment of new banner is realize about by many methods whose essentials do not go beyond the practice of g a quiet
she is the first step to and time all a bind
penguin is essential to reach out illusion
she provides nourishment for the preservation of a knowing minds and why is the skillful art or promoting spiritual understanding
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what can pay buddhism had its origin from indian buddhism it like it like that buddhism in china also was profoundly influenced by darwinism
i would venture to say that the basic idea of tiguan can be found already in chapter sixteen of the dao de jing
it is one of the seminal chapters of loud landfill it can be seen as a succinct manner of darwish medication
i have more than once referred to this chapter during this weekend in this talk we shall studied text as a menu of tiguan meditation on a menu of stillness contemplation
then we shall compare its content with with some of the writings of the bad news and meister eckhart
the following is a translation of the chapter
a thing at most emptiness
maintain complete tranquility
the ten thousand things right together
and i observe or contemplate why their return
all things flourish it returns to its roots
to return to the route is called tranquillity
this is what is meant by returning to destiny
returning to destiny is called the constant or everlasting
to know the constant is called and ninety nine
not doing the conference when as blindly and is in danger
knowing the constant what becomes all embracing
to be all embracing is to be impartial
to be impartial is to be kingly
to be king they is to be in accord with heaven
to be in accord with heaven is to attain down
attaining down one lives long and is free from peru throughout one's lifetime
in this chapter the life of the natural world is seem to be the life a up a circle
which encompasses all things both in they're coming out from and they're going back to the rooms or down
presents the of this mystical vision the darwin's rises above the one sidedness of individual consciousness to expand in ever widening circles to embrace all things in the world
to witness the cyclical movements of the natural world is to be one with the life of down
that is to become immortal and everlasting as dow is immortal and everlasting
chapter sixteen can be divided into three sections
the first section in by the reader to attain emptiness and tranquillity
he nodded to observe the right thing and returning of all things
so loud for says
a thing to utmost emptiness maintain complete tranquility
the ten thousand things rise together and i observe or contemplate their return
it announces the topic of our talk that is his still and observe or contemplate
in order to contemplate the rising and returning up all things one much first a ping most emptiness and tranquillity
the ideas of emptiness and tranquillity a closely related to be emptied meant to be free from thought and desire and it is only when one is free from thought and desire that one is able to remain tranquil and quiet
for this reason the to chinese characters she emptiness and jing can critically our own was used as synonyms the mouthful
you not to contemplate one needs clear vision
in the previous chapter last asked the question
who can stop the murkiness of the water
by quieting down it gradually clarifies
what is not able to contemplate with an agitated mind no more than one can see through berkey water
but just as murky water becomes clear by remaining still the mind games clear vision by quieting down
yeah another chapter lamps it also speaks of the needs of cleansing ones interior mirror by keeping it spotless
mira is a metaphor for minds and thousand as well as in zen buddhism
the mind when it is clear reflects that hidden mysteries of down by him in the lines
when one has arrived at a state of stillness you that man is able to observe or contemplate quiet
the chinese character wine is composed of to pass the birds and to see
it means to see the world as the birds do that is from on high
yeah allowances quine connotes rising high to a king vision into the true nature of things
here is rendered in english as to observe or contemplate
the reason why one must attain emptiness and tranquillity you nodded to observe the return of things is given by one p in his commentary
with emptiness and tranquillity one watches that we can
all being arises from emptiness movement arises from tranquillity
therefore although ten thousand things right together in the end they returned to where they come from that is emptiness and tranquillity
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as emptiness is the ultimate grant or being and tranquillity the source of movement when was a thing emptiness and tranquillity he nodded to observe the rising and returning of all things
after announcing the theme of japan was killed contemplation the middle section of the chapter continues
all things flourish each one returning to its root
to return to the route is called tranquillity this is what is managed by returning to destiny
returning to destiny is called the constance or everlasting
to know the constant is called ninety
this section deals with the following important ideas
returning to the root returning to destiny at taking the constant or everlasting and being enlightened
these are key ideas about vegetation and enlightenment
everything comes horse from down flourishes and then fade away
returning to down as to it's good
the designations for down as origin at bother giving in chapter one ablow through are here expressed by the symbol of route which means sauce or origin
the whole world returns to dow as to its roots in which the many again become the one
yet this return the individual sheds individuality to become one with the universal life process of down
that says that to return to the roads is called tranquillity
and is what is meant by returning to one's destiny
the route is once origin and go by returning to it when a cage one's destiny and rests in tranquillity
love add that to return to one's destiny is to attain the constant that is rejoining the everlasting life the everlasting life process of down
one who understands the secret that the return is a return to the source and a re entry to the immortal life in the creative craft itself is thereby enlightened
the individuals return to the roads will be completed at the time of death
but is anticipated during one's lifetime especially through meditation practice
the aim in fruits of tiguan was skewness contemplation is precisely to achieve enlightenment
enlightenment however does not mean the knowledge of something in extract
it implants and knowledge through experience you navigate through our union with down through our participation in the universal live of down
now become to final section of the chapter
that's he says not knowing the constant one s blindly and is in danger
knowing the constant white becomes all embracing
can be all embracing is to be impartial
to be impassion is to be kingly
tb kingly is to be in according in accordance with heaven
to be in accord with heaven is to a king down
attaining down one lives long and is free from peru throughout one's lifetime
in this last passage we are shown the process of expansion from the narrow individual cell to that you to the universal life of down
this movement from the particular pretty universal is at the same time the liberation of the particular from the perishable to the imperishable
by being united to the universal one becomes imperishable
yet this chapter knowledge is seen to have a redemptive effect to know is that the same time to participate
knowledge of the everlasting unites us to the to everlasting
lack of this knowledge produces the sharp distinction between the self and non-self
one knowledge of distinctions needs to strive knowledge of the universal which embraces all things expand our capacity until we become as inclusive as heaven and down
does chapter sixteen of the offers a brief rule of tiguan or skewness contemplation
by attaining emptiness and tranquillity one is able to observe all things writing from and returning to their source and route which is down
and by contemplating one also joins in the return movements of all things into down thereby at things the everlasting and becomes enlightened
what's in the christian tradition event use when the first century desert fathers presents an aesthetical teaching which bears affinity with the idea of one
following the teachings of origin he values sketched a three stage journey of the spiritual life
active life and contemplative life which is further distinguished into natural contemplation and contemplation of god so altogether we have three stages
let me explain these terms
just as love to proposes the idea of g one that is one must attain emptiness and tranquillity he nodded to contemplate so according to a bad news when the practice the active live before one can be introduced to the two stages of contemplation
here the terms active and contemplative like a difference from them more than connotation which indicates to defense piles of live as options for different people some are drawn to the active life of service while others to the country
amplitube line with its emphasis on prayer and solitude
hundreds of ancient meeting has employed by evacuees the active and contemplative life refer to different stages in the spiritual journey of each individual while progressed gradually from the one to the other
from active life to contemplative life
yeah this ancient meaning the active life means to struggle against the evil and the efforts of acquiring virtues
it begins with repentance metanoia which means a change of mind and heart by renouncing sin and overcoming passions
by passions evacuee which means is other impresses such as jealousy last or uncontrolled anger
i think not to a force given by god passion is in itself something natural neutral or even positive
it is not the passion as such but it's misuse that is simple
passion can he somehow compared to the engine of a car without an engine the car cannot move
but then it all depends on the driver to give a proper direction to the car if not the engine which goes wrong but it's the driver himself that much who must keep the right the right direction so this is the same the same case with our
passion it is not the passion as such but it's misuse that is simple
hence but he speaks of overcoming passions evacuees does not in ten their suppression but they are read erection for real ordering the final aim of the active life is to achieve a failure which should not be confused with the english word apathy
epithelia can be translated as this passion for freedom from passion which does not indicate an absence of feeling rather it means a state of reintegration or spiritual freedom
cashin renders appear as purity or part
event proves himself links up or closely with love seeing a gap in or love is the offspring of upper tier
in fact when one is liberated from his other passions one is free to laugh
the idea of appear resembles that of g our students in love with which as we have seen implies emptying oneself of thought and selfish desire
apathy or his inner stillness as a result the real integration
just as g is followed by guan a epithelia is also followed by contemplation
if angry was further distinguishes contemplation into two stages
the lower stage for natural contemplation consists in seeing god in all things and all things in god
in icos lounges idea of wine or observing all things rising from and returning to down
the next stage in evacuees is contemplation of god without concepts words and images
all these are replaced by a sense of god's silent but image age present
when my find a peru of this higher stage contemplation also he loves his test where he says
all things flourish it returning to its route to return to the route is called tranquillity this is what is meant by returning to destiny returning the destiny is called the constant or everlasting and to know the concert
since is called and ninety nine
by quietly observing that return movement of all things to their roots but follows the same movement into the root thereby attending the constant or everlasting
this means that one achieves an event contact with now by flowing with the return movement of all things into the one source of all things
by remaining in the sauce or route one becomes enlightened
this experience of resting in the road i think corresponds to evacuate with second stage of contemplation and contemplation of god resting in got resting in the source of everything
the idea that all things are coming forward from and returning to their saws and route a central in chapter sixteen of for
the same idea of exeter's and revenues the flowing out and flowing back of all things from god and into god is also prominent in the mystical vision of pseudo pacman issues
through his influence this idea becomes the key concept in meister eckhart and the rind mistakes in general especially in john reese broke
for our purpose that is examine eckerd dynamic system whose basic law is the flow out exeter's and blue bag or return residues are all things from and into god
the process of flow out takes place in two stages according to a card
who is on latin word for in the emanation of the divine person and epilepsia for creation
the term refill as we have seen means boiling boiling up yet his german writings a card also implies the word booths broke or out for same purpose
the first brick out he says at the first the melting falls is where god liquid pines and where he melds into his son and where the sun mouth back into the bottom
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so in this in the emanation
the one namely the father emanates what is one and the same with himself that is the sun is perfect image
as has been pointed out there are two patterns describing the police were found in a cart the first present the heat and godhead beyond the person's as the ground or great yeah
why the second which is more frequent in epcot's writings especially in his black and writings identifies the father precisely with this primal ground which emanates the sun and the holy period
thus for example a car makes use of the to for meaning of the latin word principio which means principle as well as beginning but i can work principe on has this to for winning principal and beginning
and eka offers a peculiar comment on the first verse of john's gospel
in the beginning or principle that is the father was the words or the sun and since the words cannot exist without its breath or courage there was also the holy spirit
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this police or internal emanation he bought into a pulecio that is outwards emanation or creation
the to for each year and a pulecio are intimately connected
a cat maintains that god has spoken once and for all but in this one word is contained the creation of the whole universe
cemetery principle is most important here
just as the father is the principle of the words which exists as idea an image in the palace mind so to the word serves as the exemplary principle by which god creates all that he created
so this is a peculiar idea of a car
god has spoken only one once and for all only one word that you turn a word i need this one word
not only the sun was spoken for but everything the whole creation is already contained in this one single word
this idea of an eternal creation or the idea that god created the world from eternity
brought a card into trouble
in reality however
a can't speaks of our virtual existence in the word from eternity and not of our actual existence he makes a distinction between our virtual existence and an actual existence for in the one eternal word each one of us and every
a thing in the world is being spoken and possesses a virtual existence from eternity
even though each banner and actually comes into existence in time
so virtually we were being spoken with the one words but the actual reality we come to existence in time
just as the divine ground is the source from which all things comfort is at the same time the goal which draws all things back to yourself as a car states in one of his sermons therefore the father speaks the sun always
in unity and caught out in him all created things they are all called to return into whence they have flowed out all their life and the being is the calling and a hastening back to him from
the whom they have issued
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just as they are two stages in the process of flowing out from the bank round riccio and on so to a car he picked two stages of our weekend to god
as be composed some god's still being created in the one word the first stage of return is so the birth of the words or the sun in the sole the birds of the sun is a central theme your efforts writings his birth takes place in the ground
round of our soul which is according to a card is one which the divine grounds
and as the father and ceasing a speaks the one word the son he continuously gives birth to the sun in the grounds of our soul
it is true that the father gives birth to the sun from eternity
but eternity is beyond time it means an everlasting now an eternal present that's the meaning of eternity
it's not something in the past it's something going on forever so even now at this very moment the father is giving birth to the sun and where according to a hard it's a the grassy buying graham which is one with our the grandma our soul
so god the father eternally everlastingly is giving birth to the sun in the ground about soul
the second stage of return consists of a breaking through are penetrating into the dark silent rounds of the hidden father woods
as the grand about so's one which the divine round once we return to our own ranch we also breakthrough into the divine grant
there are conditions for accomplishing i will return to god
the attachment is the most necessary attitude proposed by a card for our return to god
he described it as an immovable detachment quote true detachment is nothing else than for the spirit to stand as immovable against whatever may change to edge of joy and sorrow on no shame
at disgrace as a mountain of land stands before added to breath of wind
from on detachment
detachment also means empty oneself in order to receive god's so acre says you must know that to be empty of all created things is to be full of gods and to be full of creative things is to be empty of
one can easily perceived the resonance between e-cards mystical vision and chapter sixteen of the tao te ching on tiguan
let's have a look on this patterns
a cat's insistence on the immovable detachment we called tzu's invitation to a thing and most mts at maintain complete tranquility so detachment and this idea of emptiness and tranquillity
next largest view of all things writing from and returning to their source and route is analogous to a card vision of the flowing out and flowing back of all things from god and into god
lance's his crimes are returning to the route as returning to the destiny and attaining the constant or everlasting
a card which really the same statement
by breaking through into the divine ground we attain our destiny from whence became false
at the same time we had came what is constant or eternal it can mean two things first by returning to the background we had king the eternal being of god
second since we have our virtual existence in the word from eternity
we also attain our eternal existence by being united with the divine words it is an experience of coming home
moreover as all things are being spoken by guards are called into existence in the one words by returning to that word we come to the realization that we are one which the entire creation
you're a similar way lounge says that when one attains the everlasting one is illumined by the truth that the universe the universe is one resting in the one route which is power and thereby one becomes on
embracing and as inclusive as heaven and down
yeah this bookshop i have presented the basic affinities between christianity and thousand philosophical as well as religious in doing so i have also pointed out some significant differences
is between them
other comparison touched on various topics
it would be helpful
at the end to locate the central axis unifying the three major aspects of taoism discussed in my past
the dow is metaphysical vision the idea of a damaged sage and the damage the meditation techniques
is there any
core idea which can serve as a center access to unite these different aspects
i would suggest the idea of would at this central axis uniting unifying this different aspects
whew in a sense of not being or empty formlessness is the primordial designation but the heathen down prior to itself manifestation as you
so country as thou is would so way or not action is the first constant way of acting of down and should be the most essential quality of assange who much the mother of his life and action on the pattern of down
further damage the meditation practices are aimed at attaining a spate of who by quieting an empty was mind he nodded to be at one with dow which permeates all things
so the idea of who actually can connect these three basic aspects of our infection he
metaphysical nature of down as ultimately wool and who are way than action as the most characteristic
clutch the law of the action of towel and consequently should be also the essential quality of his age who must follow the down the way of the down and in the third place meditation thousand meditation package is also aimed
precisely that are attending a state of would have emptiness not a to return to the route to be at one with down and with everything
you nodded to perceive the christian god as would one must have will cause to the upper packet mystical tradition
the great mistakes of the apathetic tradition such as gregory of nyssa and to dine issues described god as the silent hidden dark mystery beyond the wing and being a card depicts car as the hidden grant of five desert in
it's utter pointlessness
coming us from the divine ground humans are constantly being drawn back in a return movement to the ground
the most essential condition for breaking through to the ground is one a car terms it movable detachment which is the most fitting counterparts for dow way for non action
likewise in the christian vegetable tradition medication or and patient is pot as a practice or a gift of god through which we experience our own nothingness and the nothingness of the world so that we may at a
in the partners he buying rounds which such things for things
in conclusion
this basic affinities between thousand at a christian mystical tradition are very promising they provide a solid grounds but evening that that was christian dialogue and for exploring that this parade get complimentary character of the two traditions
in the hope that both baby enriched though such encounter
you might have his books made him johnston presented an allegorical interpretation to the parable of the last kind of the gospel a woman who had ten coins last one of them she liked it a lamb and search the capillary until she found it
paul johnston the woman in the parable is our mother the church and the last coin is the contemplative dimension which belonged to her spiritual heritage but has unfortunately been neglected during the past generations
an effective way to restore the lost coin according to johnson is to enter into dialogue with eastern religions
while learning from the wisdom of this ancient traditions christians are also urged to dig deeper into the hidden treasure of their home patreon money he nodded to rediscover the contemplative dimension data and in their tradition
so there is a tu peux tu peux task of to put em in the east-west dialogue or the one hand we try to learn from the wish of this ancient traditions
i had the same time we are also invited to dig deeper in our own heritage or won't passionately he nodded to rediscover what is hidden there
let us pray that other christian dow is dialogue may also achieve this tuple