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By Alan Unterman

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A finished survey of the Jewish mystical tradition

An crucial consultant to millions of years of religious inquiry, The Kabbalistic culture gains writings from quite a few literary forms-from the earliest biblical assets via twentieth-century studies-as good as sensible details and practices for the trendy reader. those choices pay attention to the 3 major parts of Kabbalistic creativity-the literature of Zohar, the Lurianic corpus, and the Chasidic mystical culture. Alan Unterman's enlightening advent examines the original features of the Kabbalah and locations this quantity in its right ancient and philosophical context.

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In his writings about zazen or shikantaza, sitting meditation, Dogen argues that zazen involves neither any intention to think, in the usual sense of discursive reasoning and discriminating between one thing or idea and another, nor any intention not to think. Rather, in zazen, the meditator, “neither affirms nor denies, accepts nor rejects, believes nor disbelieves”, and in so doing becomes open to, or realises, the “presence of things as they are”. (ibid: 204) To sit in zazen is to be present, in the deepest and fullest sense of the words.

Above all that of Zen, seeks not to explain but to pay attention, to become aware, to be mindful, in other words to develop a certain kind of consciousness that is above and beyond deception by verbal formulas”. T. Suzuki: “Zen teaches nothing; it merely enables us to wake up and become aware. It does not teach, it points”. (ibid: 49-50) Elsewhere Merton writes in very similar language about 38 Agents of Uncertainty Christian contemplation as being “essentially a listening in silence”. (Merton 1973: 112) And this silence is the silence of the desert, the silence of emptiness – an emptiness full of “purity, freedom and indeterminateness of love”.

The language used is apophatic – full of paradoxes and reciprocal affirmations and negations. God is described as being in darkness, beyond or outside, rational thought and discursive language. The author argues that it is important “’to trample on’ thoughts that arise (even those about God), even when they ‘seem to be holy’”. (ibid: 60) In order to become conscious of God we have put away thoughts “deep down in the cloud of forgetting”, only then can we penetrate the “cloud of unknowing” between us and God.

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