By Maurice S. Friedman

Drawing on virtually part a century of immersion within the world's nice religions, Friedman takes a dialogical method wherein non secular truth isn't obvious as exterior creed and shape or as subjective suggestion, yet because the assembly in openness, presentness, immediacy, and mutuality with final truth. faith has to do with the wholeness of human existence.

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That often means, only if I have already found what I believe to be the basic reality-sush as a Marxist dialectic or a form of economic determinism or Freud's or Jung's theory of the libido or the analytical categories of the linguistic philosopher. The very different attitude of Zen is illustrated by the following: It is the substance that you see before you-begin to reason about it and you at once fall into error. like the boundless void which cannot be fathomed or measured. you have but to recognize that Real mind is expressed in these perceptions, but is not dependent on them on the one hand, nor separate from them on the other.

Life reveals itself in images if one opens oneself to the image in such depth that one allows it to speak-as every image does-of its source. The surest test if a man be sane Is if he accepts life whole, as it is, Without needing by measure or touch to understand The measureless untouchable source Of its images ... The person who cannot do this is literally insane, like the paranoiac whose whole endeavor is to create a world of which he is totally master, totally in control. When I discovered that one of my 24 A Heart of Wisdom dearest friends, of whom I had lost track, had been for three years in a mental hospital, I believed at first, as did a mutual friend, that he was actually sane.

At the heart of the Book of Job stands neither "blind faith" nor denial of God, but trusting and contending, recognizing his dependence on God yet standing firm on the ground of his created freedom. 36 A Heart of Wisdom Job wanted a dialogue with God, but when this dialogue comes, it dismays him by forcing him to recognize that the partner with whom he speaks is the Creator who at each moment creates the ground of existence and transcends it. 'Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?

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