When Mountains Cease to be Mountains: An Interreligious Meditation on the Sanctification of Desire

Richard Oxenberg
Emory University (PhD)
What is the relationship of human desire to divine love? Spiritual traditions teach us that human desire achieves its true aim only through elevation into the life of divine love. In this essay, I provide a reading of three sayings from three spiritual traditions - Buddhist, Taoist, and Christian - in order to explore the meaning of this. By weaving these sayings together, I believe, we can use them to illuminate one another 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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