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Confessional Experiences

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/10.1093/0195135865.003.0006
Confessional Experiences

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This section includes cases that depict a spiritual transformation through the experiences of confession or repentance, including the extreme example of self‐mutilation, as well as the realm beyond death populated by ghosts and relics. Encountering and overcoming the painfulness of death and dying is a central way of demonstrating the advanced spiritual training of Zen masters.

Keywords: confession; ghosts; relics; repentance; self‐mutilation

Chapter.  10552 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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