There Is No God and He Is Always with You: A Search for God by Brad Warner

By Brad Warner

Are you able to be an atheist and nonetheless think in God?
Can you be a real believer and nonetheless doubt?
Can Zen provide us a fashion prior our consistent combating approximately God?

Brad Warner was once before everything attracted to Buddhism simply because he desired to locate God, yet Buddhism is mostly regarded as godless. within the 3 many years when you consider that Warner started learning Zen, he has grappled with paradoxical questions on God and controlled to return up with a few solutions. during this interesting look for a fashion past the standard arguments among fundamentalists and skeptics, Warner bargains a profoundly enticing and idiosyncratic tackle the ineffable strength of the “ground of all being.”

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We should investigate them like this, in detail. Are fences and walls caused to appear through a process of production,27 or is production caused to appear on the basis of fences and walls? Are they products or are they beyond production? Should we see them as sentient or as insentient? Are they appearing before us now, or are they beyond appearance in the present? In the state like this of mental effort, and of learning in practice, whether it is in the heavens above or in the human world, and whether it appears in this land or in other worlds, the mind of eternal buddhas is fences, walls, tiles, and pebbles.

65 Tenshōkōtōroku, chap. 24. 27 Shōbōgenzō Volume III 66 “Flowers in space” and “flowers of emptiness” are originally the same word, kūge. “Flowers of emptiness” suggests the interpretation of śūnyatā that Master Dōgen has opposed in this chapter—the interpretation that phenomena are devoid of reality. 67 O-kū, “in emptiness,” suggests intellectual effort to relate phenomena to the concept śūnyatā. ” See note 26. ” 69 Jūchi, “from the ground,” “on the ground,” “relying on the ground,” or “on the basis of the ground,” is Master Sekimon’s expression.

We should step ahead and take the broad view. ” We should not engage in idle discussion of existence and nonexistence, confusing the before and after of flower-time. Flowers always seem to be imbued with all colors. [But] colors are not always limited to flowers: other seasons also have blues, yellows, reds, whites, and other colors. Spring brings in flowers, and flowers bring in spring. 37 The poem he makes on realizing the truth is as follows: Brightness is serenely illuminating the whole sands-of-the-Ganges world.

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