When Mountains Cease to be Mountains: Divine Love and the Sanctification of Desire

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Richard Oxenberg
Emory University (PhD)
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Why do we embark on the spiritual path, and where does it lead? How are our worldly desires transformed on the spiritual journey? These are the questions I take up in this essay. To explore them, I provide a reading of three passages from three spiritual traditions: Buddhist, Taoist, and Christian. By reading these passages together we can use them to illuminate one another and shed light on our subject - as well as recognize a basic commonality among these (and other) spiritual traditions.
Keywords Spirituality  Taoism  Christianity  Buddhism  Love  Desire  Sanctification  Zen  Spiritual transformation  Religion
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