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Pervade--- Space Laughter

 

““In history’s endless variations, some eras simply seem to function better than others… There is a way to look at these different patterns objectively and without taking a position- as one would look at scenery from the window of a passing train. Yet inquiry must also be guided by a deep caring.” Tarthang Tulku, “Dynamics of Time and Space

A few tidbits of thought of this initial excerpt:

1. The mahayana Buddhist idea of the need for both wisdom and compassion seems similar to this concept of of inquiry and caring. It’s a similar approach.

Truthfully, I’m already a Buddhist, so the idea of wisdom and compassion being important is something I have faith in. Still, I can ask the question: why? Why do we need both? Why that pairing? Why not some other setup?

2. The view of history here suggests that there are patterns in history, a…

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Can’t wait to see this!!!

I don’t go every year, but I did attend this past year’s American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting in San Francisco only a few weeks back. Among the many rich and joyful opportunities it provided — including seeing Gary Snyder read poetry, visiting with a number of former professors and students, and watching Cornel West give Scott A. Mitchell a big hug when Scott introduced himself — the best part for me was getting to spend some quality time with the astonishing Charles S. Prebish and his wonderful wife Susan.

I’ve blogged in the past about Chuck, whom we can thank for (among many, many other things) coining the phrase “scholar-practitioners” and firmly establishing the study of Buddhism in North America as a sub-discipline within academic Buddhist Studies. Now retired from Utah State University, he is the author of more than twenty books, including the absolutely essential, must-reads Luminous Passage:…

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