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Author QuotedHeinrich Schlier
Title QuotedEleutheros
Date (Year/Month/Day)1964/03/21
Imprint[S.l.] : [s.n.]. 1935
QuotationToday I finished after several days of continuous work, Schlier's splendid article "Eleutheria" in Kittel. Amazing how much Zen there is in these insights which are nevertheless so far beyond anything Buddhist, or passive, or negative. The fullest and most positive concept of freedom from death in our death-forfeited dasein (!!) in which the Flesh slavishly works to attain Lordship over itself. Emphasis on the works of love and freedom, of self-forgetfulness, that show us as free from death because free from concern with self-assertion and selfperpetuation and entirely open to others.
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. 92
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