I came to realise that there is an impersonal and non-individual kind of truth which exists beyond the systems of thought produced by individual philosophers. It became clear to me that each one of us had to re-discover this truth as a concrete, lived reality, and that this was to be achieved through inner work. He was also acquainted with the work of Gurdjieff. Suzuki had played a leading role in introducing Zen Buddhism to the anglophone world from the late s, but was not well known in France .
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Benoit is explaining in "occidental" terms to "occidental thinkers" what is meant by Zen literature when it asserts that "From the beginning nothing was" or "Attention, that is the whole of the teaching. So like the Taliban think of time in decades and not minutes, hours, and days, and the American This book is absolutely amazing, but extremely hard to get through. Our Western minds need a Rosetta Stone in order to decode these elusive Eastern ideas, and to me, this book is it.
Very dense, very rewarding. Or "Great doubt, great effort. All in all though, it embodies something different to me: it embodies the analytical way, a position outside of things, looking from a distance, but still trying to figure out how things work from the inside.
This results in a language that is, to my mind, a disembodied language. I did find numerous beautiful and sharp insights into Zen thinking and the Zen way, though. So the screen onto which we project our imaginative film, the project we have made out of ourselves, is actually threatened by everything that it is not: the true reality. That being said: A book about Zen without mentioning the breath even once?
Without mentioning the diaphragm? Belly breathing? Now there it is: this book is all about dualism here, dualism there, but it is trying to explain to you without making a vertical jump. One cannot stop thinking by thinking. One needs to breathe.
Cerebral to the highest degree. If I had to believe Benoit, someone after Satori has stopped being human altogether, he is just an inhuman functioning of the cosmos. I think this was an interesting read, too analytical and disembodied for me, but I did get to have a better insight into the psychology of our fight: everything that I think that i am feels threatened by life itself.
I hope and pray that one day I will so courageous as to just give it all up. I pray this happens before the day that I actually croak.
The Supreme Doctrine
Hubert Benoit: Makes my head hurt, but might be good for you Click to rate this teacher! I credit Benoit for his honesty, for he was a lifelong seeker. Benoit does make some intriguing points: Man obtains satori, then, as a result of turning his back, as thoroughly as possible, on his centre, as a result of going right to the ultimate limits in this centrifugal direction, as a result of pushing to its ultimate degree of purity the functioning of the discursive intelligence which keeps him away from Wisdom. He ought to accomplish formal thought to the point of breaking up the form. In order to do that he ought to make his formal mind function in a persevering attempt to perceive, beyond it limits, the in-formal; an attempt that is absurd in itself but which brings about the release one day of the miracle of satori …. In short, to obtain satori, it is a question of obtaining the transformation of these instantaneous perceptions of existing-more-or-less-than-a-moment-ago into a continuous perception which will then be just perception of existing.
The Supreme Doctrine: Psychological Studies in Zen Thought (Second Edition)
Benoit is explaining in "occidental" terms to "occidental thinkers" what is meant by Zen literature when it asserts that "From the beginning nothing was" or "Attention, that is the whole of the teaching. So like the Taliban think of time in decades and not minutes, hours, and days, and the American This book is absolutely amazing, but extremely hard to get through. Our Western minds need a Rosetta Stone in order to decode these elusive Eastern ideas, and to me, this book is it. Very dense, very rewarding. Or "Great doubt, great effort.