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Nakatomi Kiyokazu
Meditation and Intuition from the Point of View of Chuang Tzu and Plato
Społeczeństwo i Edukacja. Międzynarodowe Studia Humanistyczne, 2012, nr 2, s. 19-26, bibliogr. 5 poz.
Society and Education. International Humanist Studies
Filozofia człowieka
Human philosophy
Chuang-tzu , Platon
In my paper 'Cosmology of Plato' [Celestia, 2011, University of Athens, scheduled], I mentioned that Plato stood at the junction between Asian and European philosophies. Still more, Plato insisted on the movement of soul in the cosmos. Well the true other meaning of soul 'ψυχή is life. From the viewpoint of Chinese philosophy, the movement of the soul is the flow of life in the universe. In ancient China, life is the origin and movement of the universe. Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu named it the Way, The Great and One. As it was so great that man cannot express it by words, it was called Nothingness. Plato intuited Nothingness. And his master Socrates intuited nothingness as a lack of knowledge (Docta Ignorantia). As he inquired the truth of life, he thought deeply and meditated, intuited. His meditation is common with Zabu (the Japanese meditation practice of Zazen Zen on a flat cushion named Zabuton) by Chuang Tzu. Therefore, Socrates attitude for life is nearly that of Chuang Tzu. In here, I want to treat of the Zabu of Chuang Tzu and the meditation of Socrates and Plato. Then I will argue with the Idea that is transcendental-being in Greece. (fragment of text)
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  1. Celestia. 2011. University of Athens, scheduled.
  2. Chuang-tzu. 1994. The great master 6th, Soji, Iwanami Library 1volm 1994 p. 215, ref. Chuang-tzu and Lieh-tzu or The Classic of Perfect Emptiness.
  3. Nakatomi, K. 2002. Philosophy of Nothingness and Love, Hokuju Company Tokyo.
  4. Nakatomi, K. 2005. "A philosophical synthesis of Christianity, Buddhism and Islam" Parerga No2 University of Finance and Management in Warsaw, Poland.
  5. The Loeb Classical Library, PLATO with English translation the rev. R.G. Bury LITT. D. William Heinemann LTD, Harvard University Press 1961.
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