Deep Encounters

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In this great river of life that flows endlessly, there were moments of deep feeling when I realized that my life is a gift. Each such moment resembles an eternal spring gushing forth with the joy of "being helped to live and helping others to live." We can live as recipients of life from all others and all else. Striving to live with all. I present this book as a kind of landscape of encounters ... portrayal of thoughts and experiences that call on privileged instants in the process, instants by which I have ...

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Overview

In this great river of life that flows endlessly, there were moments of deep feeling when I realized that my life is a gift. Each such moment resembles an eternal spring gushing forth with the joy of "being helped to live and helping others to live." We can live as recipients of life from all others and all else. Striving to live with all. I present this book as a kind of landscape of encounters ... portrayal of thoughts and experiences that call on privileged instants in the process, instants by which I have been coming to encounter myself.

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Editorial Reviews

Andrew Targowski
A great contribution to the cross-culture exchanges, which support a peaceful coexistence of humans…
Dr. Gordon Mercer
Important points are made here on minority expression and the importance of dialogue.
The Reverend Dale W. Robison
The meeting of philosopher Wallace Gray and Japanese scholar Eiji Hattori expresses the many encounters of life-of persons, places and things that seem no more than "Winking Fireflies."…Authentic human encounters and Divine-Human encounters may seem to be initially low-wattage and infrequent but taken together they light up our lives and the universe.
Sidney Devere Brown
This exquisitely written collection of vignettes allows us to see the West, its cultural monuments, the ideas of its great philosophers, through Japanese eyes. The translator has retained the poetic elegance of the original Japanese throughout these essays, making them a joy to read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761845867
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Pages: 198
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Eiji Hattori studied philosophy at Kyoto University and the Sorbonne before a career at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. Hattori organized two large symposia with UNESCO on "cultural diversity and transversal values" in Paris and Tokyo. He participated in Japanese-Islamic dialogues in Tehran (2005), Tokyo (2007), and Riyadh (2008). Gray translated and edited his book Letters from the Silk Roads (University Press of America, 2000). Deep Encounters is the offspring of that successful collaboration. Wallace Gray, Ph.D., a philosopher and comparativist, has lived and taught in Japan. He has published translations of correspondence with ordinary Japanese citizens, dialogues involving his graduate school professor, Nels Ferré, as well as contemporaries such as Billy Graham and Paul Tillich, and contributions to John C. Plott's Global History of Philosophy series. Gray has done considerable research on Toyohiko Kagawa and the "new religion" Oomoto.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgements ix

Eiji Hattori and the Firefly-Wallace Gray's Introduction xi

Part I Deep Encounters 1

1 Buddhas of Chartres A Deep Encounter 3

2 Water Is Life Thinking with the Mediterranean Poet Paul Valéry 8

3 To Be or To Appear Remembering Jean-Louis Barrault 12

4 Being and Having Learning from Gabriel Marcel 17

5 The Logic of the city K&obar; ("official") and K&obar;ky&obar; ("public") 22

6 The Light of Reason Descartes and Noah's Ark 27

7 An Apocalyptic World Now it's time to think about Kant 32

8 The Holy Mother Ascends The Sea and Life 37

9 Earth's Dignity Visiting Greece in the Springtime 42

10 "Quo Vadis, Domine?" People Who Have Seen God 46

11 Way to China The Route Napoleon Lost 51

12 Writing the Future Kaii Higashiyama's Memorable Poster, "The Road" 55

Part II Words That Are Ensouled 59

13 Japan A Country with "Soul-Filled" Words 61

14 What is the Form of Japan? Concerning the Feminine Principle 66

15 Freedom and Nature Learning from Daisetsu Suzuki 71

16 The Hidden Being Monotheism and Polytheism 76

17 A Bird Calls, Then the Mountain Deepens Its Silence Reflections in a Tea Pavilion 81

18 The Encounter of a Lifetime What Riky&ubar; Found 86

19 Rationale for the Elimination of Collectivism Concerning the Culture of Shame 91

20 Families with No Alpha Figure Dynamics of a Boy's Crime 96

21 Educating People to Think for Themselves Good Uses for "Useless" Leisure 101

22 Searching for Lost Times The Last Words of Emperor Shows (1926-1989) 106

Part III The Tree of Life 111

23 Love and Indifference What I Saw in Bombay 113

24 Under the Baobab Tree Reflecting on Democracy 117

25 The Tree of Life Climbingthe Symbiotic Line 122

26 Stories of Deities From the Soul of the Ainu People 127

27 The Tragedy of Easter Island A Warning from Jacques Cousteau 131

28 Churning the Sea of Milk Decline and Creation 135

29 Land of Gods in the Himalayas Finding Unexpected Angels Deep in the Mountains 140

30 Black Skies An Unexpected Attack from Yellow Sands 145

31 The Mountain Sees Rihaku Images That Move the Mind Toward Quantum Theory 149

32 Night Thoughts Occasioned by a Falling Star Causality ($$, IN) and Supercausality ($$, EN) 154

Part IV The Ultimate Glow: Pulling It All Together 159

33 Japan for the World Noh Theater as Change-Agent in the 21st Century 161

34 UNESCO for the World Controversy and Movement 164

35 USA for the World Humility and Arrogance 167

36 A Holistic Philosophy for Each and All Towards Transcultural Dialogue 172

The Authors 183

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