By Maurice S. Friedman
Drawing on virtually part a century of immersion within the world's nice religions, Friedman takes a dialogical procedure wherein non secular truth isn't really obvious as exterior creed and shape or as subjective proposal, yet because the assembly in openness, presentness, immediacy, and mutuality with final truth. faith has to do with the wholeness of human existence.
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The movement toward this Absolute is often seen under the aspect of samadhi or satori-a mystical or spiritual consciousness, "enlightenment:' If we attain a certain state of spiritual consciousness, of spiritual being, then what already is the basic reality will be open to us so that nothing changes except us, except our relation to it. The veil is torn asunder, the illusion is pierced. Name and form and time and place, change and individuation are all seen either as illusion or as dependent reality.
Zen is just the everyday life-pulling up carrots in the garden, peeling potatoes in the kitchen. Walking is Zen, sitting is Zen, Whether talking or remaining silent, whether moving or standing quiet, the essence itself is ever at ease. One finds the "essence" just as much in the movement of the world as in the nonmovement. In that sense, Zen is like Taoism: it does not cling to one opposite or the other. Zen was much influenced by Taoism, in fact, with its sense of "the way" and of the coincidence of opposites.
Those who seek after pleasure will always be deluded. To say this is to say that there is a life of appearances and a life of reality. It is to say, as Socrates says to the Athenians, '~re you not ashamed that you value the things that are not valuable, like money, fame, and prestige, and you do not value the things that are truly valuable? " "Only when man shall roll up the sky like a hide;' says an Upanishad, "will there be an end of misery, unless this truth has first been known:' No greater contrast could be found to the Epicurean view that looks on pleasure as the sole meaning and the only possible fulfillment of life.
A Heart of Wisdom: Religion and Human Wholeness by Maurice S. Friedman