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Salvation And Liberation: Revisiting An Interfaith Classic, Philip Novak Jul 2007

Salvation And Liberation: Revisiting An Interfaith Classic, Philip Novak

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"'Love the pitcher less and the water more.' This is how the Sufi poet Rumi fashioned the key to a global spirituality -- not a new religion, but a growing recognition that the religions we have are multiform containers of a single precious planetary resource, idioms of a universal spiritual grammar. It is hard to imagine a more beautiful heeding of Rumi's counsel than Thich Nhat Hanh's Living Buddha, Living Christ, a reading of Buddhism and Christianity (and, by implication, other faiths) as vast cultural-symbolic contexts for enabling human ethical maturity." ~ from the review


Search For Nothing: The Life Of St. John Of The Cross By Richard P. Hardy, Philip Novak Apr 1984

Search For Nothing: The Life Of St. John Of The Cross By Richard P. Hardy, Philip Novak

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"A new biography of such a seminal figure could hardly be anything but welcome. Yet I can only recommend Hardy's book with reservations. Though written lovingly by a professor of spirituality who seems to share John of the Cross' contemplative sensibilities, and who, moreover, has done his homework, the book remains curiously one-dimensional. In a word it lacks, depth." ~ from the article


The Dynamics Of The Will In Buddhist And Christian Practice, Philip Novak Jan 1984

The Dynamics Of The Will In Buddhist And Christian Practice, Philip Novak

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"The task of this paper is to suggest that the will-dynamics educed by Buddhist and Christian contemplative paths share fundamental structural similarities, a hypothesis which, if true, lends support to the notion of a psychologia perennis. The contemplative dimensions of Buddhism and Christianity, we will suggest, possess formally similar strategies for the attunement of the human will to its source in the Real, and attunement and dynamic balance in which both Buddhist and Christian contemplatives discover the salvation they seek." ~ from the article


Empty Willing: Contemplative Being-In-The-World In St. John Of The Cross And Dogen, Philip Novak Aug 1981

Empty Willing: Contemplative Being-In-The-World In St. John Of The Cross And Dogen, Philip Novak

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"If persons on different sides of the glove were independently to discover that bodies fall at the rate of sixteen feet per second squared, this would be taken as evidence that they had learned something about nature -- about the world and how it works. We see something like this at work in the sadhanas (spiritual paths) of St. John and Dogen. Though the Christian saint and the Zen master are leaves on quite different trees, similarities between then [sic], qua contemplatives, exist at a level profound enough to encourage the exploration of common ground. Ultimately this common ground invites us ...