A Buddhist Spectrum: Contributions to the Christian-Buddhist by Marco Pallis

By Marco Pallis

Essays distilling a life of notion and perform by way of one of many earliest explorers of either the actual panorama of Tibet in addition to it Vajrayana culture.

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I remember an occasion some years ago when I sat listening to Wagner’s music-drama Die Walküre. qxd 9/16/2003 4:18 PM Page 22 A Buddhist Spectrum Hunding, and in his person with the laws of conventional morality, against Siegmund, who here stands for the cause of spirit versus the letter and as the exception that proves the rule. This story was taken by Wagner from an ancient German myth, a symbolical narrative that is to say, and as such charged with a metaphysical message that the composer must have felt instinctively even if he did not consciously penetrate its every meaning.

One can deeply revere the same truth when uttered in a foreign language but this does not mean that one can pick and choose from several languages at random; to respect the internal purity of each is also a way of showing reverence. As for oneself, surely one religious language correctly spoken is enough. qxd 9/16/2003 4:18 PM Page 36 A Buddhist Spectrum paper was completed late one evening: next morning I attempted to sum up its conclusions in a few parting words. For any man, his state of wisdom will coincide with his ability to direct an unflickering mindfulness upon whatever happens to come his way—in Christian terms, with his ability to see God everywhere and at all times and to shape both judgments and behavior accordingly.

As for oneself, surely one religious language correctly spoken is enough. qxd 9/16/2003 4:18 PM Page 36 A Buddhist Spectrum paper was completed late one evening: next morning I attempted to sum up its conclusions in a few parting words. For any man, his state of wisdom will coincide with his ability to direct an unflickering mindfulness upon whatever happens to come his way—in Christian terms, with his ability to see God everywhere and at all times and to shape both judgments and behavior accordingly.

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