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Finding Grace in the Bardos Concepts of Humanity in Tillich and Rinpoche In the books The Shaking of the Foundations and The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying Paul Tillich and Sogyal Rinpoche lay out parallel visions of the human condition and the path to overcome it The books have very similar themes and vocabularies and contain remarkably few substantive differences The authors define the state of humanity as a state of separation Mans separation has three distinct facets separation from others self and the Eternal Each work contains a path to achieve unity with all three Tillich holds that the state of separation is due to the fact that man lives in a state of sin To be in the state of sin is to be in the state of separation Tillich 154 Sin is not a singular act against God it is the fundamental condition that humans live in Sin is the great all-pervading problem of our life Tillich 154 Sin penetrates all things effects all things and touches all things Sin is a process in which man actively participates Tillich 155 Thus man shares in the guilt of sin and a sinful nature is the fate of humanity Separation that is fate and guilt constitutes the meaning of the word sin Tillich 155 Tillich gives examples of the first form of separation the separation from others and shows how sin is its cause A lack of self-love pushes man is into a constant struggle for self-elevation and he knows that it comes at the expense of others Tillich elaborates Are we not almost always ready to abuse everybody and everything for the pleasure of self-elevation for an occasion for boasting for a moment of lust Tillich 157 Failed attempts at self-elevation breed jealousy and jealousy increases separation This form of separation delights in the failures of other people Here Tillich cites Immanuel Kant There is something in the misfortune of
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