By Karen Armstrong
With such bestsellers as A heritage of God and Islam, Karen Armstrong has continually introduced "penetrating, readable, and prescient" (The long island Times) works that experience lucidly engaged a variety of religions and non secular matters. In Buddha she turns to a determine whose proposal remains to be reverberating during the global 2,500 years after his death.
Many comprehend the Buddha in basic terms from seeing numerous serene, iconic photographs. yet what of the fellow himself and the realm he lived in? What did he truly do in his approximately 80 years in the world that spawned one of many maximum religions in international historical past? Armstrong tackles those questions and extra via studying the lifestyles and instances of the Buddha during this engrossing philosophical biography. opposed to the tumultuous cultural history of his global, she blends historical past, philosophy, mythology, and biography to create a compelling and illuminating portrait of a guy whose awakening maintains to motivate thousands.
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This is because language in our time has been multiplied, beamed everywhere, bought, sold, and turned more or less into noise. This is fifty percent of my poetics; the other fifty percent has to do with friendliness. It is frightening to realize that in order to solve the problems we’re in, to solve the problems that are us, a taking apart of everything personally and socially is necessary. This taking apart, if done in fear, is really horrifying and will lead to worse horrors than those of the present; but if it is done in a friendly way and with humor, it may not be so bad.
They change reality. When I leave the exhibit, faces I look at look like faces from the exhibit. But this only lasts a little while. 32 E A R LY TA K E S The One-Stroke Paintings of Kazuaki Tanahashi Kaz Tanahashi, activist, calligrapher, translator, and Dogen scholar, has been a friend since we—with many others—worked together on an early translation from Dogen’s Shobogenzo, published in 1985 under the title Moon in a Dewdrop. I would rather live than have a lot of experiences. I would prefer that each minute occasion be clear.
Consider naming a child as one example of what I am speaking of. I believe that evidence of this perplexing, this agonizing, situation can be seen all around us. In speaking and thinking, it is easy to miss it. But in the act of writing, when language is not produced automatically but is always consciously confronted, I do not think it is possible to avoid working out a way of dealing with this knot that is essentially what language is. Suppose you don’t notice this problem either in language or in the human world that is, after all, essentially a product of language.