Red Thread Zen

Red Thread Zen

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  • Author: Susan Murphy
  • Publisher: Catapult
  • ISBN: 161902876X
  • Category : Philosophy
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 240

Love, attachment, the passions, gender, carnality, birth, bodily being, mortality, belonging, suffering, hope, despair, personhood, imagination, vitality, the struggle to be fully human – how do these things dwell wholly in emptiness, how do we reconcile their vivid life with 'no–thingness'? The red (or 'vermilion') thread originally connoted the color of the silk undergarments courtesans were obliged to wear. Most spiritual traditions do their best to distance themselves as thoroughly as possible from such direct and intimate contact with the fact of impassioned human bodily being, if not to declare open war upon the flesh, and the female body that most plainly bears flesh into the world. Spirituality has trouble dealing with the fact that we arrive here covered in blood. But the red thread can never be cut. Why not? Why would no perfectly accomplished saint ever even dream of cutting it? Red Thread Zen will set out to explore every corner of the magnificent koan of being 'still attached to the red thread, or 'line of tears'. This is an argument against the bloodless and socially disengaged form of 'Buddhism' that is generally being gestated in the West, one that shades too readily into the blandest of bland self–help.


Red Sea-Red Square-Red Thread

Red Sea-Red Square-Red Thread

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  • Author: Lydia Goehr
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0197572456
  • Category : Philosophy
  • Languages : en
  • Pages :

A profoundly original philosophical detective story tracing the surprising history of an anecdote ranging across centuries of traditions, disciplines, and ideas Red Sea-Red Square-Red Thread is a work of passages taken, written, painted, and sung. It offers a genealogy of liberty through a micrology of wit. It follows the long history of a short anecdote. Commissioned to depict the biblical passage through the Red Sea, a painter covered over a surface with red paint, explaining thereafter that the Israelites had already crossed over and that the Egyptians were drowned. Clearly, not all you see is all you get. Who was the painter and who the first teller of the tale? Designed as a philosophical detective story, Red Sea-Red Square-Red Thread follows the extraordinary number of thinkers and artists who have used the Red Sea anecdote to make so much more than a merely anecdotal point. Leading the large cast are the philosophers, Arthur Danto and Søren Kierkegaard, the poet and playwright, Henri Murger, the opera composer, Giacomo Puccini, and the painter and print-maker, William Hogarth. Strange companions perhaps, until their use of the anecdote is shown as working its extraordinary passage through so many cosmopolitan cities of art and capital. What about the anecdote brings Danto's philosophy of art into conversation with Kierkegaard's stages on life's way, with Murger and Puccini's la vie de bohème, and with Hogarth's modern moral pictures? The book explores narratives of emancipation in philosophy, theology, politics, and the arts. What has the passage of the Israelites to do with the Egyptians who, by many gypsy names, came to be branded as bohemians when arriving in France from the German lands of Bohemia? What have Moses and monotheism to do with the history of monism and the monochrome? And what sort of thread connects a sea to a square when each is so purposefully named red?


The Clue of the Red Thread

The Clue of the Red Thread

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  • Author: Julie Tallard Johnson
  • Publisher: Nine Rivers, an imprint of Shanti Arts Publishing
  • ISBN: 1951651669
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 202

In Greek mythology, Ariadne held authority over the mazes and labyrinths located beneath the palace of Knossos on Crete, including the labyrinth that housed the deadly Minotaur. When Theseus came to attempt to free the people from the Minotaur, Ariadne gave Theseus a ball of red thread to mark his passage in and out of the labyrinth. The thread was the key to successfully navigating the labyrinth’s many twists and turns, and Theseus ultimately confronted the Minotaur. In her teaching, Julie Tallard Johnson notes that metaphorically, we all spend our lives in a labyrinth, regularly having to face forked paths, contradictory twists and turns, and dead ends. Red thread is a rich analogy for the wisdom passed on to us from generations of spiritual teachers, and this wisdom guides us through our labyrinths. In The Clue of the Red Thread, Johnson, longtime student of author, teacher, and activist Parker J. Palmer, offers numerous practices and strategies for navigating what she calls the greatest adventure of our lifetime: going inward to discover who we truly are, then returning outward to blossom into a fearless and compassionate citizen, living with integrity while both keeping hold of the red thread in our own lives and moving forward to pass it on to others.


Red Thread Sisters

Red Thread Sisters

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  • Author: Carol Antoinette Peacock
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 1101591854
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 224

When a girl is adopted from a Chinese orphanage, everything she knew about family, best friends, and sisterhood must change. Wen has spent the first eleven years of her life at an orphanage in rural China, and the only person she would call family is her best friend, Shu Ling. When Wen is adopted by an American couple, she struggles to adjust to every part of her new life: having access to all the food and clothes she could want, going to school, being someone's daughter. But the hardest part of all is knowing that Shu Ling remains back at the orphanage, alone. Wen knows that her best friend deserves a family and a future, too. But finding a home for Shu Ling isn't easy, and time is running out . . .


Red Thread of Fate

Red Thread of Fate

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  • Author: Lyn Liao Butler
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 0593198751
  • Category : Fiction
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 352

In the wake of a tragedy and fueled by guilt from a secret she's kept for years, a woman discovers how delicate the thread that binds family is in this powerful novel by Lyn Liao Butler. Two days before Tam and Tony Kwan receive their letter of acceptance for the son they are adopting from China, Tony and his estranged cousin Mia are killed unexpectedly in an accident. A shell-shocked Tam learns she is named the guardian to Mia’s five-year-old daughter, Angela. With no other family around, Tam has no choice but to agree to take in the girl she hasn’t seen since the child was an infant. Overwhelmed by her life suddenly being upended, Tam must also decide if she will complete the adoption on her own and bring home the son waiting for her in a Chinese orphanage. But when a long-concealed secret comes to light just as she and Angela start to bond, their fragile family is threatened. As Tam begins to unravel the events of Tony and Mia’s past in China, she discovers the true meaning of love and the threads that bind her to the family she is fated to have.


The Red Thread

The Red Thread

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  • Author: Bernard Faure
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • ISBN: 1400822602
  • Category : Religion
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 324

Is there a Buddhist discourse on sex? In this innovative study, Bernard Faure reveals Buddhism's paradoxical attitudes toward sexuality. His remarkably broad range covers the entire geography of this religion, and its long evolution from the time of its founder, Xvkyamuni, to the premodern age. The author's anthropological approach uncovers the inherent discrepancies between the normative teachings of Buddhism and what its followers practice. Framing his discussion on some of the most prominent Western thinkers of sexuality--Georges Bataille and Michel Foucault--Faure draws from different reservoirs of writings, such as the orthodox and heterodox "doctrines" of Buddhism, and its monastic codes. Virtually untapped mythological as well as legal sources are also used. The dialectics inherent in Mahvyvna Buddhism, in particular in the Tantric and Chan/Zen traditions, seemed to allow for greater laxity and even encouraged breaking of taboos. Faure also offers a history of Buddhist monastic life, which has been buffeted by anticlerical attitudes, and by attempts to regulate sexual behavior from both within and beyond the monastery. In two chapters devoted to Buddhist homosexuality, he examines the way in which this sexual behavior was simultaneously condemned and idealized in medieval Japan. This book will appeal especially to those interested in the cultural history of Buddhism and in premodern Japanese culture. But the story of how one of the world's oldest religions has faced one of life's greatest problems makes fascinating reading for all.


Generative Leadership

Generative Leadership

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  • Author: Christine Joy Edwards-Groves
  • Publisher: Springer Nature
  • ISBN: 9813345632
  • Category : Education
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 142

This book is about the generative nature of leading practices when teachers, as learners, participate in long term action research projects for the purpose of professional development. This book also shows how practices of professional learning and practices of leading can be understood as related (and developed) in ecologies of practices; the authors show how these are explicitly connected. These findings direct readers to the connectivity between professional learning and leading practices that over time - after participating in long term action research programs - emerged as ‘significant’ yet ‘unexpected’ outcomes.


Music Theory in the Age of Romanticism

Music Theory in the Age of Romanticism

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  • Author: Ian Bent
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9780521551021
  • Category : Music
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 239

How did the Romantic era hear the music of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, or Berlioz? What did it make of the Eroica, the Fantastic Symphony, or the eerie song Der Doppelgänger? From many different vantage points this volume addresses this fascinating question. A group of writers, all historians of music theory, conducts a dazzling exploration of the way in which the Romantic era thought about music. They bring to bear on their topic issues from politics, gender, metaphor, intersubjectivity, cognition, and many other realms.


The Principles of Harmony and Contrast of Colours, and their applications to the arts ... Translated from the French by C. Martel

The Principles of Harmony and Contrast of Colours, and their applications to the arts ... Translated from the French by C. Martel

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  • Author: Michel Eugène CHEVREUL
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  • Languages : en
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The Principles of Harmony and Contrast of Colours ... Translated ... by Charles Martel. Third edition, illustrated

The Principles of Harmony and Contrast of Colours ... Translated ... by Charles Martel. Third edition, illustrated

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  • Author: Michel Eugène CHEVREUL
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  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 465