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5.0 out of 5 stars Ego consciousness..., 27 Jun. 2012
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Mark Stipanovsky (London) - See all my reviews
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"Ego-consciousness means an ego aware or conscious of itself..."

"Conditioned subjectivity, although conditioned, is, nonetheless, subjectivity..."

"It is precisely this - the dichotomy of its subject -object structure - which constitutes the inherent existential ambiguity, conflict, and, indeed, contradiction of the ego in ego-consciousness."

"According to tradition, Zen, or Ch'an, Buddhism in effect began in China when a perplexed sixth-century Chinese, Shenkuang, discontent with his learned and erudite Confucian and Taoist study, heard of the presence at a nearby Buddhist temple of a Zen teacher from India and undertook to visit him.

The Indian master, Bodhidharma, sitting crossed legged facing a wall, continued sitting and did not receive the caller.

Shenkuang, resolute out of a deep disquietude, kept returning. Finally, one night he remained standing there throughout a heavy snow storm, until at dawn, the snow reached his knees. Moved Bodhidharma inquired the purpose of this action. In tears, the Chinese begged the Indian teacher, would he not grant the benefit of his wisdom to help troubled beings.

Bodhidharma replied that the way was unbearably difficult, involving the greatest trials, and not to be attained by those lacking in perseverance or determination.

Hearing this, Shen-kuang took out a sword he was carrying, cut off his left arm, and placed it in front of the Indian monk...

Only in that moment did Bodhidharma accept as a student, giving him the new Hui-k'o..."

Bit strong in my book, but that's the whole focus of this book - the angst of living and dieing - and the awareness of this existential truth...

Bodhidharma declares the truth is not found outside of oneself...

My thoughts on ending this book was "whose truth"...

This book originated out of a workshop in the 50's and doesn't make for light reading - however - I enjoy reading stuff I actually can't make head nor tail out of...

And this is one of those books...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking., 27 Oct. 2012
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The summary as written on line prepared one for this book. No great surprises. Enjoyable to read if this is your taste in literature
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 14 Aug. 2014
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