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Zen and the White Whale : a Buddhist Rendering of Moby-Dick

Author: Daniel Herman
Publisher: Bethlehem, PA : Lehigh University Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Zen and the White Whale: A Buddhist Rendering of Moby-Dick examines how Herman Melville's Moby-Dick may have been influenced by contemporaneous sources of information about Buddhist thought and  Read more...

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Named Person: Herman Melville; Herman Melville; Herman Melville
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Herman
ISBN: 9781611461565 1611461561
OCLC Number: 870098310
Description: xviii, 215 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: I Melville's Encounters with Buddhism --
1 The Prologue to Buddhist Studies 3 --
2 A Universal Absorber 7 --
3 Bayle's Dictionary 19 --
4 Possibilities and Probabilities 25 --
5 Mardi and Other Mysteries 33 --
II Ishmael's Way-Seeking Mind --
6 Groundlessness 39 --
7 Narcissus and Dongshan 47 --
8 Searching for Ishmael 51 --
9 Whaling Life, Monastic Life 57 --
10 Ishmael's Meditation 67 --
11 Impermanence and Interdependence 79 --
12 Philosophy, Koans, and Silence 85 --
III Moby Dick's Inscrutable Selflessness --
13 Sarcastic Science 97 --
14 The First Principle of All Things 103 --
15 Whiteness 107 --
16 The Measurements of the Whale Skeleton 113 --
17 Ox-Herding 117 --
IV Captain Ahab's Universe --
18 A Factionalized Consciousness 125 --
19 Savagery Beyond Savagery 135 --
20 Faith and the Three Mates 139 --
21 The Doubloon 145 --
22 Pip, Who Jumped from the Whale-Boat 149 --
23 Ahab's Awakening 155 --
24 Pacific 165.
Responsibility: Daniel Herman.

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