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Encountering Supernatural Forces

Steven Heine

in Opening a Mountain

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780195135862
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834297 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195135865.003.0004
Encountering Supernatural Forces

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This section concerns the experiences of the supranormal realm of dreams, visions, and apparitions, in addition to meetings with spirits, gods, demons, and bodhisattvas. It also treats strange, anomalous, or magical entities like the snake and fox, which have the power to shift shape into human form in order to deceive or to bless. Zen masters apply some form of purification to transform the energy of the shape‐shifting spirits.

Keywords: bodhisattvas; dreams; gods; kōan; visions

Chapter.  15365 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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