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Zen awakening and society

Author: Christopher Ives
Publisher: Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Zen Buddhism has traditionally focused on monastic practice and the artistic expression of satori (awakening); it has paid little explicit attention to social ethics. Certain Zen teachers have even admonished their students to avoid such "mundane" arenas as ordinary social life and politics. As a result, many observers have construed Zen to be ethically weak, or even subversive of ethical engagement in society.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Ives, Christopher, 1954-
Zen awakening and society.
Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press, ©1992
(OCoLC)706068097
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Ives
ISBN: 0824814525 9780824814526 0824814533 9780824814533
OCLC Number: 24626505
Notes: Revision of the author's thesis (Claremont Graduate School).
Description: xiv, 182 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: pt. 1. The Zen tradition and ethics --
1. The Zen path --
2. Ethical dimensions of Zen practice and philosophy --
3. Ethical and political stances in Japanese Zen history --
4. Recent critiques and developments --
pt. 2. Toward a Zen social ethic --
5. Wisdom, suffering, and practice --
6. Zen formulation of the social good.
Responsibility: Christopher Ives ; forewords by Masao Abe and John Hick.

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Zen Buddhism has traditionally focused on monastic practice and the artistic expression of satori (awakening); it has paid little explicit attention to social ethics. Certain Zen teachers have even admonished their students to avoid such "mundane" arenas as ordinary social life and politics. As a result, many observers have construed Zen to be ethically weak, or even subversive of ethical engagement in society.

Zen Awakening and Society considers the relationship between Zen and social ethics by examining ethical facets of Zen practice and satori, as well as the traditional socio-political role of Zen in Japan, ethical reflection by key Zen thinkers, those resources and pitfalls in Zen relevant to ethics, and possible avenues along which Zen Buddhists could begin to formulate a self-critical, systematic social ethic.

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