Journeys into Emptiness: Dogen, Merton, Jung and the Quest for Transformation

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Journeys into Emptiness traces the lives of three famous religious seekers and their quests for personal transcendence. Dogen, a thirteenth-century Japanese Zen master, experienced emptiness in wordless meditation - the practice of zazen that spread in time from the Eastern world to the West. Thomas Merton was a twentieth-century Catholic monk whose experience of personal homelessness brought him to explore the tension that lies between solitude and community. Carl Jung, raised by a pious father and a ...
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Journeys into Emptiness traces the lives of three famous religious seekers and their quests for personal transcendence. Dogen, a thirteenth-century Japanese Zen master, experienced emptiness in wordless meditation - the practice of zazen that spread in time from the Eastern world to the West. Thomas Merton was a twentieth-century Catholic monk whose experience of personal homelessness brought him to explore the tension that lies between solitude and community. Carl Jung, raised by a pious father and a psychologically unbalanced mother, was driven to understand the structure of the psyche, including the male and female elements that exist in every human person." "Robert Jingen Guinn provides wise and compassionate portraits of these emblematic figures. Each of them, in his own way, had to experience emptiness, going beyond consciousness to discover his own personal truth, whether that was rooted in Buddha-nature, God or the unconscious. This "going beyond" became a path to encountering their own unique selves and a deeper sense of life.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780809139330
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Series: Jung and Spirituality Series
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 796,564
  • Product dimensions: 6.07 (w) x 8.93 (h) x 0.79 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2001

    Appreciating Emptiness--Read Gunn!!!!

    Have you had an experience that confronted you with a first-hand experience of emptiness--the loss of a loved one through death or the abrupt ending of an intimate relationship? There are so many brushes with emptiness that we can go through that they are too numerous to list here but Gunn's book operates from a brilliant appreciation for just how powerful all such experiences can be and how essential it is that we do more than merely endure them. Rather, as this extraordinary book makes quite clear,, we can learn from our experiences of emptiness--be actualized by them. In fact, Gunn argues pursuasively that we may injure ourselves by trying to ignore or avoid our human experiences of emptiness. This is not your run-of-the-mill detatched academic work. Gunn is above all else entirely human; the book is full of the author's compassion for our shared human experience. At the same time though, it is entirely clear from the prose that this is an author who knows his material and is intelligent as well as educated. There is none of the chauvanism for one religious view or one school of thought that the work of so many other authors suffers from. In this great book we have access to a diverse range of experiences of emptiness, pivoting from the Zen experience of Dogen, the Catholic experience of Merton and the psychoanalytic experience of Jung. Both psychology and spirituality are appreciated with each subject treated in this text. Additionally, (of particular interest to this reader), this book demonstrates in an easily readable and compelling manner that the experience of emptiness and the importance of 'going beyond' with it can cross all lines of religion or academic schools of thought. I have no doubt that as Gunn's reputation grows and his work is more widely appreciated that this book of his will be regarded as required reading for anyone interested in spiritual pioneers and the serious pursuit of their own path.

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