By Pauline Stevick
A sequence of vignettes describing Amish humans and customs
Pauline Stevick has visited greater than 50 Amish houses in different Amish settlements around the state. She has attended weddings, viewings, university classes and courses, kin gatherings, and greater than a dozen church providers. She has ridden in Amish carriages and has even slept in Amish houses. via her shut organization with the Amish, she has received exact standpoint and is ready to supply willing perception right into a tradition that's misunderstood by way of many. past the obvious and straightforward reminds readers that even supposing the Amish costume in virtually exact garments, they've got unique personalities and convictions. In vignettes and reflections she finds the ways that contributors of the Amish group reside out their religion opposed to the history in their communal tradition, all of the whereas emphasizing their individuality. subject matters variety from Amish kin values to ladies to a retirement neighborhood in Florida to an Amish highbrow. Stevick's eloquent narration is descriptive instead of expository as she frequently attracts comparisons among Amish society and mainstream society, occasionally who prefer the Amish methods and at different instances wondering them. past the obvious and easy portrays the Amish as dynamic those who adventure struggles, mess ups, and successes no longer particular to their neighborhood.
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In the poem, read as ichi-nen shō[ze] za[reba], or “when an image does not arise,” these four characters suggest the desirable state in which no isolated thought emerges in zazen, so that the body-mind is free to reflect the whole. ” Whereas the poem seems to describe an ideal situation, Master Dōgen’s comment is a stark description of concrete facts: he simply notices the existence of an image at a moment. ” 41 Fushō, “not appearance,” here suggests the state at the moment of the present in which time stands still.
10. ” In other words, at a moment when we realize our own delusion, phenomena become real. ” In other words, when we are looking at real phenomena, we transcend our delusion at that moment. , in zazen), we are transcending all kinds of delusion. 57 Zenki no gen, the words of Master Engo Kokugon. See Chapter Forty-one (Vol. I), Zenki. 58 In other words, transcendence of subjective delusion and objective images is the vigorous state of reality symbolized by Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara. See Chapter Thirtythree (Vol.
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