Agents of Uncertainty: Mysticism, Scepticism, Buddhism, Art by John Danvers PDF

By John Danvers

ISBN-10: 9401207879

ISBN-13: 9789401207874

Via an research of many alternative examples, Danvers articulates a brand new frame of mind approximately mysticism and scepticism, now not as contrary poles of the philosophical spectrum, yet as fields of enquiry with overlapping goals and strategies. triggered by means of a deep experience of ask yourself at being alive, many mystics and sceptics, just like the Buddha, perform disciplines of doubt so that it will turn into freed from attachment to mounted appearances, essences and viewpoints, and in doing so that they locate peace and equanimity. They strengthen methods of residing with impermanence and the unforeseen via letting move of adherence to dogmatic ideals and by means of postponing judgement. In universal with many artists and poets they act as brokers of uncertainty, actively annoying the workouts and behavior of day by day suggestion and behavior in an effort to display the right way to hold a feeling of stability and spontaneity in the middle of life's problems. subject matters explored comprise: being and self as method; mysticism and language; scepticism and dogmatism; Buddhism, interdependence and vacancy; Daoism and impermanence; dialectics of doubt in artwork and poetry. Written in a full of life and available sort, followed by means of drawings and pictures by means of the writer, this quantity is aimed toward students, artists, academics, and somebody attracted to philosophy, faith, artwork, poetry and methods of being.

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The author argues that it is important “’to trample on’ thoughts that arise (even those about God), even when they ‘seem to be holy’”. (ibid: 60) In order to become conscious of God we have put away thoughts “deep down in the cloud of forgetting”, only then can we penetrate the “cloud of unknowing” between us and God. It is only by reducing the ceaseless chatter of the inner voice, (which is the voice of the wilful self and personal desire, not the voice of God), that we can open up to the presence of God.

See his idea of Gelassenheit, p. 27] 36 Agents of Uncertainty Observation II – between table and stone On the table before me there’s a drying oak-leaf and a multi-facetted, knife-sharp flint from a Dorset hill. At the leaf’s edge there is a state of uncertainty, a nimbus that is neither leaf nor table, neither oak nor air, yet it is here, as integral to perception as to chemistry and metaphysics. Likewise with the flint, at its edge there is a pulse of indefinite radiance, a sensuous unknowable region which is neither stone nor table-top, neither geological punctuation nor precise position in space.

Practitioners of Sufism believe that it is possible to become close to God, to embrace the Divine Presence, in this life, in preparation for an even closer encounter with God after death in paradise. Merton’s interest in Sufism was longstanding and his writings include numerous references to the beliefs and practices of the Sufis. According to Seyyad Hossein Nasr, Merton was very attracted to the Sufi view that nature is “the selfrevelation, unveiling, and theophany of God” and that “all phenomena [are seen] as Divine Signs (vestigial Dei)”.

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