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The Zen Arts : an Anthropological Study of the Culture of Aesthetic Form in Japan.

Author: Rupert Cox
Publisher: Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2013.
Series: Royal Asiatic Society books.
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The tea ceremony and the martial arts are intimately linked in the popular and historical imagination with Zen Buddhism, and Japanese culture. They are commonly interpreted as religio-aesthetic pursuits which express core spiritual values through bodily gesture and the creation of highly valued objects. Ideally, the experience of practising the Zen arts culminates in enlightenment. This book challenges that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Cox, Rupert.
Zen Arts : An Anthropological Study of the Culture of Aesthetic Form in Japan.
Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, ©2013
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Rupert Cox
ISBN: 9781136855511 1136855513
OCLC Number: 862613885
Description: 1 online resource (297 pages).
Contents: Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; List of Plates; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Orientalism; 2. A World Apart; 3. The Word and the Body in Practice; 4. Mimesis and Visuality; 5. Structuring Relations; 6. Distinguishing Persons; 7. Culture as Aesthetic Value; 8. Cracking Culture; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
Series Title: Royal Asiatic Society books.

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The tea ceremony and the martial arts are intimately linked in the popular and historical imagination with Zen Buddhism, and Japanese culture. They are commonly interpreted as religio-aesthetic pursuits which express core spiritual values through bodily gesture and the creation of highly valued objects. Ideally, the experience of practising the Zen arts culminates in enlightenment. This book challenges that long-held view and proposes that the Zen arts should be understood as part of a literary and visual history of representing Japanese culture through the arts. Cox argues that these texts and.

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