By Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki

One of many world’s best experts on Zen Buddhism, D. T. Suzuki was once the writer of greater than 100 works at the topic in either jap and English, and was once so much instrumental in bringing the lessons of Zen Buddhism to the eye of the Western global. Written in a full of life, obtainable, and simple demeanour, An advent to Zen Buddhism is illuminating for the intense scholar and layperson alike. Suzuki presents an entire imaginative and prescient of Zen, which emphasizes self-understanding and enlightenment via many structures of philosophy, psychology, and ethics. With a foreword by means of the popular psychiatrist Dr. Carl Jung, this quantity has been in general stated a vintage advent to the topic for a few years. It presents, besides Suzuki’s Essays and handbook of Zen Buddhism, a framework for residing a balanced and fulfilled lifestyles via Zen.

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The flowers unwilted, the grass undying, the blue sky without pollution. People smiling and joyful, not angry, depressed, and empty. If you’re not in a particularly beautiful place, close your eyes and envision the most beautiful place you’ve ever been—complete with palm trees, raging rivers, jagged mountains, waterfalls, or snow drifts. Think of friends or family members who loved Jesus and are with him now. Picture them with you, walking together in this place. All of you have powerful bodies, stronger than those of an Olympic decathlete.

The voice that whispers, “There’s no hurry; put this book down; you can always think about it later,” is not God’s voice. He says, “Now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2) and “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve” (Joshua 24:15). HELL: HEAVEN’S AWFUL ALTERNATIVE Hell will be inhabited by people who haven’t received God’s gift of redemption in Christ (Revelation 20:12-15). After Christ returns, there will be a resurrection of believers for eternal life in Heaven and a resurrection of unbelievers for eternal existence in Hell (John 5:28-29).

Though he encourages meditation on Heaven in his Institutes of the Christian Religion, his theology of Heaven seems strikingly weak compared to his theology of God, Christ, salvation, Scripture, and the church. This is understandable in light of the pressing theological issues of his day, but surprisingly few theologians in the centuries since Calvin have attempted to fill in the gaps. A great deal has been written about eschatology—the study of the end times—but comparatively little about Heaven.

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