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Sort order. Jun 29, Fergus rated it really liked it. We've all experienced sudden onsets of fear in the middle of an otherwise normal time in our lives. Be it self-conscious stage fright, a sudden feeling of mental paralysis, or a distant fearsome memory - all of us have felt the iron grip of cold, icy distress from time to time for no apparent reason. Christians might call it an intuition of Evil. But Dr. Hubert Benoit, a psychotherapist in WWII France, was inclined to call it a deep existential drea We've all experienced sudden onsets of fear in the middle of an otherwise normal time in our lives.
Hubert Benoit, a psychotherapist in WWII France, was inclined to call it a deep existential dread in the face of death or nothingness. At least that's my take on his weighty words and theories. In the raging battles that followed D-Day in the vicinity of the Allied landing, he was critically wounded in the crossfire, and was disabled. He became bedridden and was in extreme pain for a very long time afterward.follow site
HUBERT BENOIT THE SUPREME DOCTRINE PDF
But Benoit had experienced breakthroughs and sudden cures with his patients, real releases from turmoil and lifelong stress. By concentrating, he enhanced his consciousness. Light became brighter, colours more vivid - and his pain more intolerable.
But he heard about the novel approach of Zen Buddhism to ending all our hangups. He saw in people around him the patterns of fear and subsequent avoidance of reality we've described above, and had a feeling he could release HIMSELF forever from that icy spasm of nothingness - with the help of the tranquility of his forced inaction and a close attention to his own thought patterns.
Did he succeed? He says he did, though he downplays the fact. And I think from the sounds of that, his experiences were Real. To hear him tell of it, it all begins when traumatic episodes in our lives leave a residue of muscle contraction - a seizing up, say, of our solar plexus in a sudden nameless anxiety. Not if we face it straight on, in disciplined meditation. If we do that, faithfully and prayerfully, in time that icy numbness will melt away in a new feeling of lightness and freedom.
And, you know, simple Faith can do the trick too! The hard, real truth of religion If we put our faith and all our thoughts in a Higher Being - and leave everything to Him as a routine habit of prayer - as we relax, we will come to see that all our contractions were just our little worried selves, automatically working off in some corner of our body, squeezing our muscles in empty existential anxiety around an empty centre.
We were - quite simply - giving ourselves grief for no good reason. Banging our heads against a wall And can you imagine being free from THAT forever? He says we can. Because of the complexity of its argument, which is hard to grapple with, I gave it only four stars. Though, as I said, personally I decided to undertake the work of healing in more traditional religious ways, and that seems to have done some of the trick for me - AND in a slower, safer manner. Thank Heaven for all its Great Mercy.
View all 11 comments. This book is absolutely amazing, but extremely hard to get through.
Hubert Benoit (psychotherapist)
It's almost as difficult as reading Nietzsche. Benoit is explaining in "occidental" terms to "occidental thinkers" what is meant by Zen literature when it asserts that "From the beginning nothing was" or "Attention, that is the whole of the teaching. So like the Taliban think of time in decades and not minutes, hours, and days, and the American This book is absolutely amazing, but extremely hard to get through. Our Western minds need a Rosetta Stone in order to decode these elusive Eastern ideas, and to me, this book is it.
Very dense, very rewarding. Or "Great doubt, great effort.
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Jan 14, Marijn rated it liked it. To my mind, The Supreme Doctrine does exactly what it wants to warn against: it never escapes the trap of 'trying to transcend thinking by thinking. All in all though, it embodies something different to me: it embodies the analytical way, a position outside of things, looking from a distance, but still trying to figure out how things work from th To my mind, The Supreme Doctrine does exactly what it wants to warn against: it never escapes the trap of 'trying to transcend thinking by thinking. All in all though, it embodies something different to me: it embodies the analytical way, a position outside of things, looking from a distance, but still trying to figure out how things work from the inside.
This results in a language that is, to my mind, a disembodied language.
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I did find numerous beautiful and sharp insights into Zen thinking and the Zen way, though. To name a few: 'Satori is not the crowning of an ultimate success, but of absolute defeat. In fact, in the Dao de Jing it says: 'If you want to be given everything, give everything up'. So the screen onto which we project our imaginative film, the project we have made out of ourselves, is actually threatened by everything that it is not: the true reality. That being said: A book about Zen without mentioning the breath even once?
Without mentioning the diaphragm? This is a book that should be read by everyone who aspires to know who he is and what he can do to acquire such self-knowledge.
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