Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian by Donald Miller

By Donald Miller

"I by no means beloved jazz track simply because jazz song doesn't get to the bottom of. I used not to like God simply because God didn't get to the bottom of. yet that was once ahead of any of this happened." ―Donald Miller

In Donald Miller's early years, he was once vaguely conversant in a far off God. but if he got here to understand Jesus Christ, he pursued the Christian existence with nice zeal. inside many years he had a winning ministry that eventually left him feeling empty, burned out, and, once more, far-off from God. during this intimate, soul-searching account, Miller describes his striking trip again to a culturally appropriate, infinitely loving God.

For an individual thinking about if the Christian religion remains to be suitable in a postmodern culture.

For somebody thirsting for a real stumble upon with a God who's real.

For a person longing for a renewed feel of ardour in  life.

Blue Like Jazz is a clean and unique viewpoint on lifestyles, love, and redemption.

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If you are speaking to unhearing worldlings, you need to teach them to get over their attachments, live a disciplined life, practice meditation, and develop insight. But it is not appropriate to speak in this way to people beyond measure. People in the process of self-purification have already willingly accepted discipline in full. Theirs is the power of discipline, concentration, and insight; therefore to preach to them in this way is called speaking at the wrong time, because it is not appropriate to the occasion.

This anthology of materials from the Five Houses of Zen closes with two selections from the work of Yen-shou of the House of Fa-yen. First is a summary critique of more than one hundred cultic deviations of Zen, following on the work of Fa-yen and others along these lines. This is followed by an instructive work on balancing the two basic aspects of meditation, commonly referred to as cessation and contemplation (or stopping and seeing) in the context of causative practice, and as concentration and insight (or stability and wisdom) in the context of effective realization.

Even as they hear words beyond conception, they cannot believe completely. This is why Gautama Buddha spent forty-nine days in silent contemplation under the tree where he was enlightened. Wisdom is obscure, difficult to explain; there is nothing to which it may be likened. To say people have buddha nature is to slander the buddhas, their Teaching, and their Communities. To say people have no buddha nature is also to slander the buddhas, their Teaching, and their Communities. To say there is buddha nature is called slander by attachment.

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