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Soteriology and Freedom

 
Maja Milcinski (Author)
Synopsis

In the European Judeo-Christian traditions, soteriology has been under-stood exclusively as the doctrine of liberation through Jesus Christ. However, the Asian traditions addressed in this book instruct us in the different aspects of soteriology itself and its implications for our everyday life. Our aim here is to explore the notion of impermanence and its ramifications for the basic human salvific project. The cultural origins of the notions of longevity and death, suicide and the limits of suicide prevention lead us into the “voidness” of various meditative techniques that, by fastening the spirit, liberate the mind. Sterile rationality is challenged by an explorationof the soteriological dimensions of philosophy and psychology. By accepting death and becoming awake we land on the polygon of freedom where we can experience the magic of everyday life.

The book is a plea for an awakening of the mindfulness which leads us into salvation and the experience of the unity of life and death. The methods of cultivation of the personality and purification presented here across different traditions might help us in finding the Way to salvation and enable us to open up to new perspectives free from the whirlpool of everyday life. We co-create our world and our graceful exit from it. It is up to us to find the best way to survive by forgiving and accepting all the limitations, preparing for death and allaining our freedom. The book invites us to open our hearts to what is coming and to face the here and now without reservations, considerations or choosing, as we usually do when we are caught in a web of mere discursive perception, associatins and assimilation of things.

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About the author

Maja Milcinski

Maja Milcinski, Professor of Asian Philosophies and Religions, has studied and researched philosophy, cultural anthropology and sociology has held teaching and visiting research positions at Banares Hindu University; Beijing University; Marbung Universit; Rikkyo University in Tokyo; International Research Center for Japaness Studies in Kyoto; The University of Toronto; The University of Tokyo; and Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing.

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Bibliographic information

Title Soteriology and Freedom
Format Hardcover
Date published: 03.08.2012
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789380852225
length vi+93p., Index; Bibliography; 29cm.