Hermeneutic and Buddhist Meditations
Edited By David W. Jardine, Christopher Gilham and Graham McCaffrey
Chapter One: “You’re Very Clever Young Man” (David W. Jardine)
C h a p T e r o n e “You’re Very Clever Young Man” david w. jardine p r e lu d e i : a n i n v o C aT i o n f r o m s T . j e r o m e “I said in my alarm, ‘Every man is a liar!’ ” (Psalm 116:11). The Hebrew text varies a little: “I said in my alarm ‘Every man is a lie!’ ” for the meaning of the word, ZECAM, is lie. I shall please the Lord in the land of the living; but I know that, as far as my body is concerned, I am nothing. There is no truth in our substance, there is only shadow and in a certain sense a lie. As I reflect on human life…I do not find truth in this world. “Lie” is used here in the sense of a shadow, as it were, a phantom. (Saint Jerome, 1964, pp. 293–294, emphasis added) p r e lu d e i i : T w o i n v o C aT i o n s f r o m T s o n g - k h a - pa Ignorance mistakenly superimposes upon things an essence that they do not have. It is constituted so as to block perception of their nature. It is a concealer. (Tsong-kha-pa, 2002, p. 208) Unskilled persons whose eye of intelligence is obscured by the darkness of delusion conceive of...
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