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Author QuotedJan Ruusbroec
Title QuotedOeuvres de Ruysbroeck l'admirable / Jan van Ruusbroec ; trad. du flamand par les Benedictins de Saint-Paul de Wisques par Ernest Hello
Date (Year/Month/Day)1965/03/26
ImprintBruxelles : Vromant. 1928-1938
QuotationDecided to take some bread with coffee this morning instead of fasting (on coffee only) until dinner. The rye bread was good, so was the coffee. And I read Ruysbroeck, thinking of him in terms of Zen. His "essential union" is quite like Prajna [wisdom], and "Suchness." Theological differences great-but the phenomenology is close.
JournalDancing in the Water of Life: Seeking Peace in the Hermitage. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 5, 1963-1965.; Edited by Robert E. Daggy. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1997, p. 221
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