Francis of Assisi: The Life and Afterlife of a Medieval by André Vauchez

By André Vauchez

Title note: First released in French as François d’Assise: Entre histoire et mémoire
Publish yr note: First released in 2009 via Librairie Arthème Fayard, the place it used to be offered the Prix Chateaubriand. First to be had in english in 2012.

In this towering paintings, André Vauchez attracts at the big physique of scholarship on Francis of Assisi, emphasizing particularly the real learn of the final 30 years. He creates an entire and fascinating portrait of the saint, then explores how the reminiscence of Francis used to be formed by means of contemporaries who recollected him of their writings.

Vauchez completes the booklet through atmosphere "Poverello" within the context of his time, bringing to gentle what used to be new, outstanding, or even excellent within the lifestyles and imaginative and prescient of this man.

The first a part of the booklet is an interesting reconstruction of Francis's existence and paintings. the second one and 3rd components care for the myriad texts—hagiographies, chronicles, sermons, own stories, etc.—of writers who recorded points of Francis's lifestyles and circulation as they remembered them, and used these remembrances to build a portrait of Francis appropriate to their matters. within the ultimate a part of the e-book, Vauchez explores these features of Francis's existence, character, and religious imaginative and prescient that have been specified to him, together with his adventure of God, his method of nature, his knowing and use of Scripture, and his influence on tradition in addition to culture's influence on him.

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Your mind is also like this; its light shines perceptively through­ out the ten directions, encompassing all things, so why does it not know itself? Do you want to understand? Just discern the things perceived; you cannot see the mind itself. ” This is true reality. e t me g iv e 38 Seeing Through © ou p eo p le h a v e been standing here for quite a while; have you seen a single real teacher yet? Don’t keep on standing there for nothing. I am only what I call a provisional elder. ” What is Shakyamuni the Buddha?

This is a feahn apart from thoughts. ° Now if I sa^this to people, they think I am criticizing every­ one else, but if I do not talk about it, it will be hard to elucidate. Zen teachers of a certain type say to people, “ Fools! N the stump. They pass it on this way, and it is taken up this way, knocking on their chairs and holding up their whisks. This is called trying to use the mind by means of the mind. There is another type of Zen teacher who tells people not to make logical assessments, that they lose contact the minute they speak, and should recognize the primordial.

I say, if you understand all this thirty years from now, you will reafizfthat I did tell you. ” If you dp, that is caHttJthe view of an outsider. W h y d o n ’t y o u 27 Asleep you are questioned and cannot speak, where is the fault? It is generally because of seeing forms where there is no form, hearing a voice where there is nothing said, forcing rationalizations where there is no reason, asserting con­ trol where there is no control. ” Why? Just because mind is still there; so you cannot speak.

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