20 October 2005

Meister Eckhart: God abides in the creatures

Two passages from Eckhart, Die deutschen Werke, ed. J. Quint,Stuttgart-Berlin 1936- (translated by Ellopos):
"All creatures are a pure nothing. I don't say they are insignificant or a something: they are absolute nothing. Whatever hasn't essence does not exist. No creature has essence, because the essence of all is in the presence of God. If God withdrew from the creatures for just one moment, they would disappear to nothing." (Speech 4, DW I, pp. 69-70).

"All creatures are words of God. What my mouth says and reveals about God, the same is becoming by the existence of a stone, and man understands the work better than words." (Speech 53, DW II, p. 535)

14 October 2005

Gandhi's Talisman

"I will give you a talisman. Whenever you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test. Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man [woman] whom you may have seen, and ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him [her]. Will he [she] gain anything by it? Will it restore him [her] to a control over his [her] own life and destiny? In other words, will it lead to swaraj [freedom] for the hungry and spiritually starving millions? Then you will find your doubts and your self melt away." - M.K Gandhi

[This is one of the last notes left behind by Gandhi in 1948. - Source: Mahatma Gandhi (Last Phase, Vol. II - 1958, P. 65)]

See more quotations by M.K Gandhi here.

10 October 2005


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The agnostic Buddhism of Stephen Batchelor

Here is a nice article about Stephen Batchelor and his aproach to buddhism.
"The current study examines the agnostic Buddhism of contemporary scholar and practitioner Stephen Batchelor. The main question under examination is whether the essence of Buddhism is undermined when interpreted through Batchelor’s agnostic and “belief-free” lens. In an attempt to answer this question, Batchelor’s main philosophical texts – Alone With Others, The Faith to Doubt, and Buddhism Without Beliefs – are analysed, as are three critiques of his work written by Bhikkhu Punnadhammo, Bhikkhu Bodhi, and Sangharakshita. It is concluded that while Batchelor is discarding many of the conventional trappings of Buddhism, he is not placing its integrity at risk."
Some talks by Batchelor can be found at audiodharma.