Verses from the Center: A Buddhist Vision of the Sublime
"Stephen Batchelor, turns his attention to the Buddha's central insight into the nature of things, and brings a new understanding of it to the West. Looking into this chaos of existence, Batchelor does not see it as something fearfully out of control, but recognizes it as a vision of the sublime. He brings his unique qualifications as scholar, teacher, translator, and former monk to the exploration of the history of this vision, and connects it to the vision of the sublime already embedded in Western poetry, literature, and culture. He also provides the reader with translations of the most important Buddhist poems written on the subject: those of the second-century philosopher-monk Nagarjuna."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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Pushed to its limits, the language of contingency itself begins to break down.
Nagarjuna's awareness of contingency includes the role of language in
constructing one's sense of reality. He recognizes that experience is "configured"
recognizes that experience is "configured" through concepts and words to render
it intelligible. To cultivate awareness, one is encouraged to live fully in the
present moment, as though the present were somehow more "real" than the past
... which can be upheld or refuted, Nagarjuna treats them as terms within a
strategic discourse of freedom, which are employed therapeutically to address
the needs of specific situations. Throughout the text, he recognizes that the same
is true ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - JamesBlake - LibraryThing
Not a literal, but a 'poetic translation', of verses composed by the second-century Buddhist Nagarjuna. The verses can bring instant insight if you're in the right frame of mind, or comletely baffle ... Read full review
Verses from the center: a Buddhist vision of the sublimeUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
The close here refers to a sacred place and the religious community that occupies it. In this memoir, Breyer (founder of the community-activist publication Who Cares) takes us to her close, the ... Read full review