Describing the Indescribable

Describing the Indescribable

" Master Hsing Yun skillfully plumbs the depths of the Diamond Sutra, illuminating for us its power to change who we are and how we interpret our world.

Author: Hsing Yun

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780861718269

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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The Diamond Sutra is revered throughout Asia as one of the Buddha's most profound expressions of the nature of reality. A gem among the vast Perfection of Wisdom literature, the Diamond Sutra elicits an experience of eternal truth through its use of a seemingly paradoxical style, as the reader goes back and forth between "what is" and "what is not." Master Hsing Yun skillfully plumbs the depths of the Diamond Sutra, illuminating for us its power to change who we are and how we interpret our world.
Categories: Religion

War Nation Memory

War  Nation  Memory

How do history textbooks in England and Germany explain the inexplicable and describe the indescribable? ... DESCRIBING THE INDESCRIBABLE In the textbooks of both nations, descriptions of the Holocaust are characterized by an ...

Author: Keith A. Crawford

Publisher: IAP

ISBN: 9781607526599

Category: History

Page: 229

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The Second World War stands as the most devastating and destructive global conflict in human history. More than 60 nations representing 1.7 billion people or three quarters of the world’s population were consumed by its horror. Not surprisingly, therefore, World War II stands as a landmark episode in history education throughout the world and its prominent place in school history textbooks is almost guaranteed. As this book demonstrates, however, the stories that nations choose to tell their young about World War II do not represent a universally accepted “truth” about events during the war. Rather, wartime narratives contained in school textbooks typically are selected to instil in the young a sense of national pride, common identify, and shared collective memory. To understand this process War, Nation, Memory describes and evaluates school history textbooks from many nations deeply affected by World War II including China, France, Germany, Japan, USA, and the United Kingdom. It critically examines the very different and complex perspectives offered in many nations and analyses the ways in which textbooks commonly serve as instruments of socialisation and, in some cases, propaganda. Above all, War, Nation, Memory demonstrates that far from containing “neutral” knowledge, history textbooks prove fascinating cultural artefacts consciously shaped and legitimated by powerful ideological, cultural, and sociopolitical forces dominant in the present.
Categories: History

Mindfulness Now and Zen The sceptics guide to Ultimate Reality

Mindfulness  Now and Zen  The sceptics guide to Ultimate Reality

Describing. the. Indescribable. Now, even what I recall will be exprest More feebly than if I could wield no more Than a babe's tongue, yet milky from the breast... ... How weak are words, and how unfit to frame My concept - which lags ...

Author: Wally Barr

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9781326946760

Category: Religion

Page: 326

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This book explores how each of us knows what we know. It considers claims that we see only illusions and that behind it all there is an indescribably beautiful reality - both a God and a Nirvana. The book goes on to explain in simple terms how these two ideas, so different on the surface, may not be so different at all. Ranging across the centuries the book draws on the teachings of a wide variety of thinkers from vastly different cultural, philosophical and religious backgrounds. The message they each bring is distilled into one consistent story in which our everyday sense of reality can be thought of as a deceptive and rather pale reflection of what's really going on. And although our thinking processes are seriously limited, the book describes how we can all transcend these limitations and experience Ultimate Reality through the simple practice of mindfulness - for mindfulness meditation offers freedom from thinking.
Categories: Religion

Sense and Transcendence

Sense and Transcendence

DESCRIBING THE INDESCRIBABLE THE " THINGS OF GOD ” IN GOLDING'S FICTION Jeanne Delbaere It is our business to describe the indescribable . I prefer and at the same time fear the saying of St. Augustine : “ Woe unto me if I speak of the ...

Author: Herman Servotte

Publisher: Leuven University Press

ISBN: 9061866677

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 326

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Categories: Literary Criticism

Thus Burst Hippocrene

Thus Burst Hippocrene

... describe Him; once you describe Him, you are no longer presenting God, for God is unpresentable and indescribable. ... The Divine Comedy is the most successful: in describing God, Dante has succeeded in describing the indescribable; ...

Author: Laurence K. P. Wong

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781527526150

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 440

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Thus Burst Hippocrene: Studies in the Olympian Imagination is a collection of nine papers in comparative literature. Discussing the greatest Olympians in world literature, including Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Dante, Shakespeare, Milton, Li Bo, Du Fu, and the Bible authors, it is both daring in conception and wide-ranging in scope. Freely drawing on the author’s knowledge of Classical Greek, Latin, Italian, French, German, Spanish, English, and Chinese as well as on his conversance with the literatures of these languages, the papers are truly comparative, making discoveries unique to the author’s characteristic multi-lingual, multi-cultural approach. In going through the book, the reader will be pleasantly surprised by its originality, by its amazing depth and breadth, and by the new light it sheds on topics that are of interest to scholars and students of comparative literature. Written in lucid language with no pretentious jargon, it will also appeal to the general reader who picks up a book simply for the joy of reading or for horizon-broadening without tears.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Landscapes of Decadence

Landscapes of Decadence

As Machen put it elsewhere, literature is 'the art of describing the indescribable; the art of exhibiting symbols which may hint at the ineffable mysteries behind them; the art of the veil, which reveals what is conceals'.85 The tenuous ...

Author: Alex Murray

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107169661

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 235

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This book explores the relationship between literary politics and the politics of place in fin-de-siècle travel and place-based literature.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Concealed God

Concealed God

Certain symbols and myths function better in given contexts, and so each religion has developed its own way of describing the indescribable. However, none of this is enough to explain all the evident contradictions among religions.

Author: Stefan Einhorn

Publisher: Templeton Foundation Press

ISBN: 9781932031379

Category: Religion

Page: 176

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Highly acclaimed in Sweden where it was first published in both hardcover and paperback editions, A Concealed God poses two intriguing questions: Does God truly exist? If so, is the concept of God logical and in agreement with the knowledge of the world that science has provided to date? The God presented by most religions doesn't make sense in today's world; we have little room for miracles. Furthermore, there are irreconcilable aspects in the world's religions. Must we abandon our faith or belief in God? Perhaps not, says popular Swedish thinker Stefan Einhorn. We can behave as scientists do when they run experiments only to obtain contradictory results. They ask themselves whether there might not be a logical conclusion that binds all the results together and leads to the most probable explanation. Einhorn hypothesizes that if God truly exists, then many different religions would have discovered this. He finds a common denominator in the concept of a hidden God in seven major religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. But even with this shared belief, can we know if God exists? Did humankind create the idea of God to answer the unexplainable? What about evil and suffering, the absence of meaning in life, loneliness and insecurity? And most importantly, how do we search for a concealed God? Most religions share common principles for the search for "that which is concealed," including meditation, contemplation, and prayer. Whatever route is chosen, the search for God may bring us some answers. Einhorn concludes that two themes are central to the search: one is that God is both concealed and simultaneously omnipresent; the other is that only with utter humility and an awareness of our inability to fully understand may we approach the divine. In the end, there are no definite answers. But the search sheds light on the many paths to enlightenment offered by the world's religions.
Categories: Religion

Novalis Signs of Revolution

Novalis  Signs of Revolution

... indescribable , to conceptualize what lends itself to " no modification , no concept at all , " Hardenberg insists on both the impossibility and the ineluctability of describing the indescribable — the central problem of Romantic ...

Author: William Arctander O'Brien

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 082231519X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 374

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A study of German Romantic writer Friedrich von Hardenberg (1772- 1801), now primarily known by his pseudonym, Novalis (though four times, and never once used it otherwise. into three sections: myths, theory, practice. To make the study accessible to readers with little or no German, O'Brien has translated German citations into English throughout the body of the text. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Revelation Plain and Simple

Revelation Plain and Simple

He's not describing His face; he's just describing the glory that streams from His being. ... of the likeness of the glory of GoaT (italics mine) Three steps back from describing the indescribable, for which he didn't have words.

Author: Jonathan Mackinney

Publisher: Xulon Press

ISBN: 9781600342790

Category: Religion

Page: 508

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This book uncovers the great themes of the Book of Revelation using a "big picture" approach that is drawn from the text and does not speculate.
Categories: Religion

Opera in the Novel from Balzac to Proust

Opera in the Novel from Balzac to Proust

DESCRIBING THE INDESCRIBABLE Balzac's hesitance, in this context, seems entirely comprehensible: he had no musical training. But neither, it seems, had any of the writers so far quoted. The practice of professional music criticism had ...

Author: Cormac Newark

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139495851

Category: Music

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The turning point of Madame Bovary, which Flaubert memorably set at the opera, is only the most famous example of a surprisingly long tradition, one common to a range of French literary styles and sub-genres. In the first book-length study of that tradition to appear in English, Cormac Newark examines representations of operatic performance from Balzac's La Comédie humaine to Proust's À la recherche du temps perdu, by way of (among others) Dumas père's Le Comte de Monte-Cristo and Leroux's Le Fantôme de l'Opéra. Attentive to textual and musical detail alike in the works, the study also delves deep into their reception contexts. The result is a compelling cultural-historical account: of changing ways of making sense of operatic experience from the 1820s to the 1920s, and of a perennial writerly fascination with the recording of that experience.
Categories: Music

Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor

DESCRIBING. THE. INDESCRIBABLE. Honolulu. 8:04 to announce radio station that KGMB all military interrupted personnel its morning were ordered broadcast back to at duty, followed by calls for area policemen and firemen and, at 0840, ...

Author: Craig Nelson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781451660517

Category: History

Page: 544

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“A valuable reexamination” (Booklist, starred review) of the event that changed twentieth-century America—Pearl Harbor—based on years of research and new information uncovered by a New York Times bestselling author. The America we live in today was born, not on July 4, 1776, but on December 7, 1941, when an armada of 354 Japanese warplanes supported by aircraft carriers, destroyers, and midget submarines suddenly and savagely attacked the United States, killing 2,403 men—and forced America’s entry into World War II. Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness follows the sailors, soldiers, pilots, diplomats, admirals, generals, emperor, and president as they engineer, fight, and react to this stunningly dramatic moment in world history. Beginning in 1914, bestselling author Craig Nelson maps the road to war, when Franklin D. Roosevelt, then the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, attended the laying of the keel of the USS Arizona at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Writing with vivid intimacy, Nelson traces Japan’s leaders as they lurch into ultranationalist fascism, which culminates in their scheme to terrify America with one of the boldest attacks ever waged. Within seconds, the country would never be the same. Backed by a research team’s five years of work, as well as Nelson’s thorough re-examination of the original evidence assembled by federal investigators, this page-turning and definitive work “weaves archival research, interviews, and personal experiences from both sides into a blow-by-blow narrative of destruction liberally sprinkled with individual heroism, bizarre escapes, and equally bizarre tragedies” (Kirkus Reviews). Nelson delivers all the terror, chaos, violence, tragedy, and heroism of the attack in stunning detail, and offers surprising conclusions about the tragedy’s unforeseen and resonant consequences that linger even today.
Categories: History

Without You There

Without You There

So how can you describe the indescribable? This is just it, nobody knows Unity assomething tangible found in the head. The beauty of Unity isthatit cannot be known in this heady intellectual way.It is this that makes it an unending and ...

Author: Paramananda Ishaya

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 9781782794806

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 175

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Without You There takes a look at the Zen of Unity and presents the author's unique perspective. By avoiding conceptual traps and, therefore, lessening the time it takes to live in full realization, Paramananda offers the reader a way to resonate with their own authority.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

From Darkness to Light

From Darkness to Light

Where John takes time to describe the angels and not Jesus, this does not mean that Jesus is of secondary importance compared ... John becomes increasingly brief in his way of describing the indescribable; “she saw Jesus standing” (v.

Author: Daniel Bourguet

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781498281867

Category: Religion

Page: 118

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In these meditations Daniel Bourguet enables us to draw alongside the thief on the cross and enter his dialogue with Christ; he guides us downward into the darkness of hell through a reading of Psalm 88; and finally we discover on Easter morning both the confusion and then faith of Mary Magdalene as she meets the Risen Lord (John 20). Bourguet's confidence in the biblical text means that he engages with it and follows wherever it leads, however risky . . . and he emerges--with us--miraculously enriched.
Categories: Religion

Apocalyptic Transformation

Apocalyptic Transformation

to describe the End. Even the novel's title intimates the difficulty of attempting this task: it is a kind of ... Book of Revelation in particular: the limitations of language in describing the “indescribable,” what is “beyond words.

Author: Elizabeth K. Rosen

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781461632931

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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Apocalyptic Transformation explores how one the oldest sense-making paradigms, the apocalyptic myth, is altered when postmodern authors and filmmakers adopt it. It examines how postmodern writers adapt a fundamentally religious story for a secular audience and it proposes that even as these writers use the myth in traditional ways, they simultaneously undermine and criticize the grand narrative of apocalypse itself.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Ezekiel

Ezekiel

1.5 Describing the Indescribable [1:5b–28(28a)] The description is undivided in B but there is a progression: vv. 5–12 focus on the living creatures, v. 13 moves to a central fire, vv. 15–21 (v. 14 is absent in LXX) describe the wheels, ...

Author: John W. Olley

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004177130

Category: Religion

Page: 589

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This work is the first major commentary to focus on the text of LXX Ezekiel in any modern language. Rather than seeing LXX mainly as a text-critical resource with variants to be explained, this commentary, as part of the Septuagint Commentary Series, examines a specific manuscript in its own right as a document used by Greek readers unfamiliar with Hebrew. Included are transcription and English translation of Codex Vaticanus, the oldest extant manuscript of the whole book, and a detailed commentary that also compares the earlier P967 and the Masoretic Text where they differ. Another major new contribution is the utilisation of the sense-delimitation (paragraphs) of Codex Vaticanus itself, exploring how this influences reading of the text.
Categories: Religion

Imagining Karma

Imagining Karma

73 But what is striking about Plotinus is his rare attempt to describe the indescribable—the numinous, mokãa, or nirvana—in ... of describing the indescribable: he realizes that the soteriological vision “baffles telling” because active ...

Author: Gananath Obeyesekere

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520232433

Category: Religion

Page: 448

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With 'Imagining Karma', Gananath Obeyesekere embarks on the comparison of rebirth concepts across a wide range of cultures. The book makes a case for disciplined comparison, a humane view of human nature, and a theoretical understanding of 'family resemblances' and differences across great cultural divides.
Categories: Religion

Causation and Creation in Late Antiquity

Causation and Creation in Late Antiquity

There is no attempt to explain to the unconverted why 'will' is the closest term we can use for describing the indescribable One. This may be a real gap in Neoplatonism, and the Christians might have had a real chance of pressing such a ...

Author: Anna Marmodoro

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781316240434

Category: Philosophy

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Written by a group of leading scholars, this unique collection of essays investigates the views of both pagan and Christian philosophers on causation and the creation of the cosmos. Structured in two parts, the volume first looks at divine agency and how late antique thinkers, including the Stoics, Plotinus, Porphyry, Simplicius, Philoponus and Gregory of Nyssa, tackled questions such as: is the cosmos eternal? Did it come from nothing or from something pre-existing? How was it caused to come into existence? Is it material or immaterial? The second part looks at questions concerning human agency and responsibility, including the problem of evil and the nature of will, considering thinkers such as Plotinus, Porphyry, Proclus and Augustine. Highlighting some of the most important and interesting aspects of these philosophical debates, the volume will be of great interest to upper-level students and scholars of philosophy, classics, theology and ancient history.
Categories: Philosophy

The Transonic Consciousness

The Transonic Consciousness

In describing the Transonic Consciousness, we are describing the indescribable. None other than the Transonic Consciousness can describe Itself, for It transcends description without doing so. The Transonic Consciousness describes ...

Author: Glen C. Cutlip

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781462801558

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

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Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit