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March 2006 Book Review and Quotes Archive
Living With The Devil ~ A Meditation on Good and Evil
Stephen Batchelor is a former Tibetan and Zen monk and subsequently is in a unique position to offer a
blend of East/West perspectives on the concept of the Devil.
He does so by tracing the thoughts of Buddha,
is the Devil that represents everything that stands in our
way of wisdom, freedom and compassion.
are and to be comfortable with knowing that we can never be certain. The alternative to being comfortable
with uncertainty is to lock ourselves into ideologies, dogmas, and rigid definitions of the self which block our
path to wisdom, freedom and compassion.
but rather to recognize it in all the forms it takes to court us away from the good. This is accomplished by calmly
and clearly seeing the Devil in all of his myriad forms, both
externally and within ourselves.
free of the Devil's grip and much more able to choose proper
actions rather than simply react because we are
style often hinders his message. Batchelor is able to offer some useful perspectives, but his viewpoint is as one
would expect: heavily flavored by his Buddhist background. That being said, it is worth a few hours on a rainy Sunday
to re-evaluate your notion of good and evil, especially with
regard to this Devil fellow.
March 2006 Weekly Quotes
'As soon as one can distinguish between consciousness and awareness, the ongoing construction for
the self ceases."
"Consciousness, now oriented to this distinction, can gravitate toward freedom - the fully integrated
knowledge that awareness
in independent of nature."
"One who regards even the most exalted stages disinterestedly, discriminating continuously between
pure awareness and the phenomenal world, enters the final stage of integration, in which nature is seen
to be a cloud of irreducible