Monday, June 18, 2007

No-self and kenosis

Clyde Glandon sent the following quote this morning:

We realize insight by practicing mindfulness of our body, feelings, mind and the objects of our mind... To reach truth is not to accumulate knowledge, but to awaken to the heart of reality... The doctrine of “not-self”... demonstrates to us that the concepts we have of things do not reflect and cannot convey reality. The world of concepts is not the world of reality. [note: Compare this “not self” of Zen meditative practice with the Christian concept of “kenosis,” or self-emptying, also practiced in contemplative prayer.]

-- Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Keys

I've always agreed that the Buddhist teaching of no-self is the same as the Christian "kenosis". Kenosis is a Greek work that means emptiness or "poured out".

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