Wordsworth and the Zen mind : the poetry of self-emptying (Book, 1996) [WorldCat.org]
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Wordsworth and the Zen mind : the poetry of self-emptying

Author: John G Rudy
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book demonstrates that Zen thought and art provide both a generative and a formative context for understanding the spirituality of the English poet William Wordsworth (1770-1850).
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Named Person: William Wordsworth; William Wordsworth; William Wordsworth; William (Schriftsteller) Wordsworth
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John G Rudy
ISBN: 0791429032 9780791429037 0791429040 9780791429044 0585043302 9780585043302
OCLC Number: 32548243
Description: xv, 268 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: The Purer Mind --
pt. 1. Wordsworthian Capaciousness and Zen Emptiness. 1. Capaciousness as Natural Process. 2. Capaciousness as Receptacle --
pt. 2. Wordsworth's Endless Way and the Tao of Zen. 3. "Stepping Westward" and "The Solitary Reaper" 4. The Alpine Crossing. 5. "The Blind Highland Boy" --
pt. 3. Zen Moods and the Poetry of Emptiness. 6. Sabi: The Spirit of Solitude and Freedom. 7. Wabi: The Spirit of Poverty. 8. Aware: The Spirit of Impermanence. 9. Yugen: The Spirit of Depth. 10. The Lesson of the Conch. Conclusion: Forgetting the Mind.
Responsibility: John G. Rudy.

Abstract:

This book demonstrates that Zen thought and art provide both a generative and a formative context for understanding the spirituality of the English poet William Wordsworth (1770-1850).

Combining methods of modern literary scholarship with the philosophical initiatives of the Kyoto School, the text crosses disciplines as well as cultures, offering a nonmonotheistic, nonpantheistic philosophical ground upon which to study what Wordsworth calls the "tranquil soul" and "the one Presence" that underlines " the great whole of life". Anticipating a variety of audiences, the discourse progresses from general, introductory level discussions of Zen philosophy and literature to the more technical philosophical idiom of the Kyoto School, employing intertextual readings of a variety of Wordsworthian and Zen documents to broaden and deepen the East-West dialogue as it has been unfolding since the pioneering work of D.T.

Suzuki and Kitaro Nishida. An important aspect of this study is its twofold purpose: to situate Wordsworth more centrally in the evolving global community of intercultural and interreligious communication and to demonstrate the unique flexibility and universality of Zen as a medium of spiritual growth and aesthetic understanding.

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