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This is Goggle

reviewed by Edward Joseph Shoben, Jr. - 1964

coverTitle: This is Goggle
Author(s): B. Plagemann
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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There is a story told about the American student of Oriental thought who, supported by a Fulbright grant, went to Japan for a year to seek the Enlightenment implied by a thorough and intimate knowledge of Zen Buddhism. Despite diligent application, he found the months slipping by while Enlightenment eluded his intellectual and spiritual grasp. Finally, with only weeks of his stay in Nippon remaining, he desperately entered a series of intensive sessions, involving 14 hours each day in meditation and three daily conferences with his Zen master. No vivid, electric flashes of insight occurred, heralded by italicizing claps of mental thunder; but the lesson, quiet and difficult, was plain. Enlightenment does not consist in revelation or the private illumination of mystery; Enlightenment is simply the enlarged capacity to perceive the divine in daily life. Much of the literary commentary on the human condition runs, when it is of real significance,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 66 Number 1, 1964, p. 199-199
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2583, Date Accessed: 5/31/2020 1:56:39 PM

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