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February 15th, 2010

Even in my almost total ignorance of East Asian culture, it was not hard to guess that the great teacher of the way will be nature, and the great lesson will be harmony.  In South Asia, the material world is a painful illusion and the purpose of life is to find the truth in worlds beyond this one.  In the West, the world is the arena for a cosmic struggle between good and evil.  These differences may have something to do with the geographies and climates in which the great world religions evolved; but I have always felt that East Asia, despite its ventures into oriental despotism, dialectical materialism, and totalitarianism. has managed to remain closer to our common heritage than the other "civilizations."Read more...Collapse )

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