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By Maurice S. Friedman

Drawing on nearly part a century of immersion within the world's nice religions, Friedman takes a dialogical technique during which spiritual fact isn't visible as exterior creed and shape or as subjective thought, yet because the assembly in openness, presentness, immediacy, and mutuality with final fact. faith has to do with the wholeness of human lifestyles

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A sound man's heart is not shut within itself/ But is open to other people's hearts:' It means too recognizing that people do not possess fixed character-good or evil, honest or dishonest-but that the way in which I approach them, the way in which I allow the Tao to flow between myself and them frees them to possibilities of goodness, trust, and openness, just as my mistrust and categorizing makes it difficult for them to break out of habitual modes of dishonesty and mistrust. "Bad people" and "liars" are not bad and dishonest the way a table is a table or a chair a chair.

Enlightenment means removing, overcoming this veil, and 20 A Heart of Wisdom finding the reality that is simply there. T. Suzuki came to Sarah Lawrence College once to speak to our philosophy seminar, there was a Hindu woman from my class in the history of religions who joined us at supper beforehand. " Suzuki asked her. "Yes;' she replied, and he rejoined, "So do we:' "Do you believe that God is in your' he pursued. " It is not the same God, even though it is not a different one. It is neither two nor one.

As Martin Buber puts it, ''Meaning is open and accessible in the lived concrete:' We do not have to put away the world of the senses, or nature, or time, or history to find this meaning. 34 A Heart of Wisdom There is a basic trust in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism-a trust which says that this world is not a place in which we are hopelessly lost. But there is a special emphasis on trust in the Hebrew Bible-a trust or faithfulness, emunah-that does not necessarily have a faith content. This trust does not mean security.

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