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Chan insights and oversights : an epistemological critique of the Chan tradition

Author: Bernard Faure
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1996, ©1993.
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"For many people attracted to Eastern religions (particularly Zen Buddhism), Asia seems the source of all wisdom. As Bernard Faure examines the study of Chan/Zen from the standpoint of postmodern human sciences and literary criticism, he challenges this inversion of traditional "Orientalist" discourse: whether the Other is caricatured or idealized, ethnocentric premises marginalize important parts of Chan thought.  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bernard Faure
ISBN: 0691029024 9780691029023 0691069484 9780691069487
OCLC Number: 46782761
Description: viii, 322 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Chan as Secondary Orientalism --
The Cultural "Encounter Dialogue" --
Comparison, Counterpoint, Intertwining --
Ch. 1. Chan/Zen in the Western Imagination --
Missionary Accounts --
Buddhism and Quietism --
Chan and Indian Mysticism --
The Apostle Bodhidharma --
Claudel and Buddhism --
Ch. 2. The Rise of Zen Orientalism --
Suzuki's Zen --
The Western Critics of Suzuki --
Nishida and the Kyoto School --
Ch. 3. Rethinking Chan Historiography --
Places and People --
The Rise of Chan Historiography in Japan --
The Cost of Objectivism --
The Teleological Fallacy --
Writing Chan History --
Ch. 4. Alternatives --
The Structural Approach --
The Hermeneutic Approach --
Toward a Performative Scholarship --
Ch. 5. Space and Place --
Chan and Local Spirits --
From Place to Space --
Chan In-sights and Di-visions --
Ch. 6. Times and Tides --
Conflicting Models --
Dogen and His Times --
The Ritualization of Time --
Ch. 7. Chan and Language: Fair and Unfair Games --
On the Way to Language --
Poetical Language in Chan --
How to Do Things with the Koan --
Ch. 8. In-scribing/De-scribing Chan --
A Qualified Anti-intellectualism --
Chan Logocentrism --
Orality in Chan --
Chan as a Kind of Writing --
Another Differend --
Chan Rhetoric --
Ch. 9. The Paradoxes of Chan Individualism --
The Western Configuration of the Self --
Early Buddhist Conceptions --
Chinese Conceptions --
The Individual and Power --
Solitaire/Solidaire.
Responsibility: Bernard Faure.

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For many people attracted to Eastern religions (particularly Zen Buddhism), Asia seems the source of all wisdom. This book examines the study of Chan/Zen from the standpoint of postmodern human  Read more...

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Winner of the 1993 Tricycle Prize for Excellence in Buddhist Scholarship "A highly sensitive and richly textured re-examination of the Chan/Zen tradition. [Faure] is to be congratulated for having Read more...

 
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