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Journeys into Emptiness: Dogen, Merton, Jung and the Quest for Transformation (Jung & Spirituality) Paperback – 1 Jul 2000
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Includes some of today's best writing on Merton Here are the life journeys of three great seekers who, though separated by time and culture, had much in common. Dogen was the 13th century Japanese founder of a School of Zen Buddhism and a teacher of zazen, wordless meditation. Jung was a 19th century Swiss psychologist who broke with psychoanalysis and saw the mind as having both male and female elements. Merton was a 20th century American Trappist who through traditional Christianity eventually embraced a wider spirituality. Each of the three engaged in a search for personal transcendence, a search that was triggered by a private experience of emptiness. Requiring no previous knowledge of its subjects, this book-- --looks at the tradition in which each man worked, the key events of his life, his particular experience of emptiness, and how he used the experience to be transformed --shows how to bring the wisdom of all three into our lives today --helps bring meaning and understanding to one of the most difficult problems of the psychospiritual journey
About the Author
Robert Jingen Gunn has been a psychologist in private practice in New York City for the past twenty years. An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, he was a pastor for twelve years before that. He has also been an adjunct professor at Union Theological Seminary and the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health in the Pastoral Studies Department.
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Each individual's story differs from the others in significant ways. They come from different faiths and stances towards the divine, the sources of their need for healing differs as well. The ways they explain the transcendence they experience are diverse and yet, their stories are are also the same. Merton once wrote that the hermit has as (his) first duty The same hope-filled truth is encapsulated in each of the stories comprising this book. I highly recommend it.