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Light of Zen in the West : Incorporating

Light of Zen in the West

Incorporating "The Supreme Doctrine" and "The Realization of the Self"

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Published: 1st July 2004
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This Centenary Commemorative Edition also includes two lesser known works – ‘Buddha and the Intuition of the Universal’ and ‘Techniques of Timeless Realization’. The volume is complemented by a detailed Glossary, an Index, an Original Foreword by Aldous Huxley (1955), an Original Preface by Swami Siddheswarananda (1955), and a Contemporary Foreword by Professor Asanga Tilakaratne. … Benoit’s writings on the human predicament and the path to inner freedom were influenced by his studies in Zen Buddhism and psychoanalysis. There is, as well, an evident dialogue in Benoit’s writings between the Gurdjieff teaching and Zen, with insightful ideas about universal laws, ‘inner work’, the ‘human machine’, and ‘work in life’. … The Supreme Doctrine and The Realization of the Self foreshadow contemporary transpersonal and integral psychology: through the re-integration of psychology and metaphysics, Benoit invites us to make our own journey toward spiritual transformation and the intuitive understanding of universal truths. This Centenary Commemorative Edition also includes two lesser known works – ‘Buddha and the Intuition of the Universal’ and ‘Techniques of Timeless Realization’. The volume is complemented by a detailed Glossary, an Index, an Original Foreword by Aldous Huxley (1955), an Original Preface by Swami Siddheswarananda (1955), and a Contemporary Foreword by Professor Asanga Tilakaratne.

"...an excellent insight into Benoit's work on the human being and the nature of our suffering." -- The Middle Way, May 2005. "This is a book that should be read by everyone who aspires to know who he is and what he can do to acquire such self-knowledge..." -- From the Foreword to the first English edition by Aldous Huxley. "There were giants in the earth in those days." This line from Genesis comes to mind as I look again, after a gap of some years, at the writings of Hubert Benoit. Like Karlfried Graf von Durckheim (author of Daily Life as Spiritual Exercise), who was of virtually the same generation, Benoit brought a formidable mind and a seeker's firm dedication to the exploration of Zen. They were deciphering then what remains for us to continue deciphering: teachings Asian in origin but native to our minds and hearts." -- Roger Lipsey, author of The Spiritual in Twentieth-Century Art.

Zen Thought: An Overview
Good and Evil
Salvation as Idolatry
Zen Existentialism
The Mechanisms of Distress
The Five Modes of Thought and the Psychological Conditions for Satori
Freedom -- Total Determinism'
The Egotistical States
The Zen Unconscious
Metaphysical' Distress
Seeing Into One's Own Nature -- The Spectator of the Spectacle
Practical Implications of the Zen Approach to Inner Work
Obedience to the Nature of Things
Emotions and Emotional States
Sensation and Feeling
Pleasure, Pain and the Affective Response
The Rider and the Horse
The Primordial Error or Original Sin'
The Immediate Presence of Satori
The Mind's Passivity and the Disintegration of Our Energy
Concerning Discipline'
Compensations
Inner Alchemy
Humility
Metaphysical Insights
The Validity of Intellect in the Domain of Metaphysics
The Noumenal Domain
The Creative Principle
The Nature of God
Are Phenomena Real?
Why Does God Manifest Himself?
Two Ways of Thinking About the Cosmos
The Genesis of Creation
The Purusha-Prakriti Duality
Divine Indifference
The Law of Interconditioning
Our Total Conditioning as Human Beings
The Role of the Demiurge
God and Man
A Critique of Systematic Methods
Theoretical Understanding at the Intellectual Level and Lived Knowledge'
Dying in order to be Re-born
The Search for Happiness
Duality and Dualism: The Possibility of Perfect Humility
Good and Evil
The Conditions which Precede Realisation
How To Bring About a Progressive Reduction in One's Pride
Benoit's Technique of Timeless Realisation
Buddha and the Intuition of the Universal
Glossary of Terms
Index
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ISBN: 9781845190156
ISBN-10: 1845190157
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 1st July 2004
Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.52