Mysticism: Christian and Buddhist

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III.
"A Little Point" and Satori

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MEISTER ECKHART is quoted in Inge Mysticism in Religion (p. 39):

The union of the soul with God is far more inward than that of the soul and body. . . . Now, I might ask, how stands it with the soul that is lost in God? Does the soul find herself or not? To this I will answer as it appears to me, that the soul finds herself in the point where every rational being understands itself with itself. Although it sinks in the eternity of the divine essence, yet it can never reach the ground. Therefore God has left a little point wherein the soul turns back upon itself and finds itself and knows itself to be a creature.

An interesting controversy arises regarding "a little point" referred to in this passage from Eckhart. I do not know where Dean Inge found the passage. It would be desirable to know the entire context where it occurs, if we would discuss the point fully, but we can somehow proceed according to the extent of our general knowledge of Eckhartian philosophy. One person insists that Eckhart here tells us about the human impossibility of reaching the ground of Reality or "the inmost

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Table of contents

  • BOARD OF EDITORS of WORLD PERSPECTIVES iv
  • Title Page v
  • Contents vii
  • World Perspectives ix
  • Preface xix
  • Section One 1
  • I. Meister Eckhart and Buddhism 3
  • Ii. the Basis of Buddhist Philosophy 36
  • Iii. "A Little Point" and Satori 76
  • Iv. Living in the Light of Eternity 93
  • Appendices 113
  • V. Transmigration 115
  • Vi. Crucifixion and Enlightenment 129
  • Section Two 141
  • Vii. Kono-Mama ("I Am That I Am") 143
  • Appendices 159
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