Title Page, Copyright

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p. vii

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Preface

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pp. ix-xiii

“How quiet, peaceful, and solemn, not at all as I ran,” says Prince Andre lying on the battlefield at Austerlitz in the title scene of Tolstoy’s War and Peace, “not as we ran, shouting and fighting . . . how differently do those clouds glide across that...

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“We can know more than we can tell”

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pp. 1-18

“I’m outside my heart, looking for the way back in.”1 These words from a story can describe a spiritual problem of our times. We are outside our heart, looking for the way back in. I believe it is because among the traditional three lives, action...

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Is Matter a Dimension?

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pp. 19-35

Space is three-dimensional, and time is a fourth dimension, and matter is thought to be situated in space and time. If we say matter itself is a dimension, though, then what is situated in space and time and...

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Real Presences

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pp. 37-60

If “we all have within us a center of stillness surrounded by silence,” as Dag Hammarskjöld says in his brochure for the Meditation Room at the UN, the surrounding silence can be interpreted as the surrounding...

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Words and Music

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pp. 61-77

“You must love the music, not master it,” a Chinese grandmother advised one of my students who was feeling frustrated, trying to play a difficult nocturne by Chopin on the piano. “Music must be treated as all things that are...

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Story and Song

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pp. 79-95

“In the beginning is the song,” Michel Serres says in his Genesis, and he contrasts this with “In the beginning was the Word,”1 but I think the Word can be the Song, as J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis tell the story of...

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Eternal Consciousness

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pp. 97-108

Eternal consciousness is an answer to “quiet desperation,” as in Thoreau’s saying, “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” 1 And I suppose this is what Kierkegaard meant saying “If there were no eternal consciousness...

Song Cycle

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pp. 109-112

A Note on Mind and Matter

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pp. 113-114

Notes

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pp. 115-132

Index of Names

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pp. 133-136