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Author QuotedShin'ishi Hisamatsu
Title QuotedOn Mutually Going Into the Matter of Self / translated by Gishin Tokiwa
Date (Year/Month/Day)1968/05/30
QuotationHisamatsu: natural, rational and Zen spontaneity. "This is true self," he says, "going beneath spontaneity." Hisamatsu also says, "There is a big difference between the ultimate self and the self discussed in psychology. When one reaches ultimate self, spontaneity is changed into ultimate spontaneity. Zen spontaneity comes from ultimate self"¦formless self which is never occupied with any form." And he adds, "In western music, great silence is not found."
JournalThe Other Side of the Mountain: The End of the Journey. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 7, 1967-1968.; Edited by Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1998, p. 113
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