Zen Awakening and Society

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University of Hawaii Press, Jan 1, 1992 - Religion - 182 pages
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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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Contents

The Zen Path
15
Ethical Dimensions of Zen Practice and Philosophy
34
Ethical and Political Stances in Japanese Zen History
51
Recent Critiques and Developme
69
Wisdom Suffering and Practice
101
Zen Formulation of the Social Good
114
Notes
145
Bibliography
171
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A student of D. T. Suzuki, Hisamatsu Shin'ichi, and Nishitani Keiji, Abe Masao is the member of the Kyoto School who has been most active in personally interacting with Western philosophers and theologians. His essays draw on a variety of sources in an effort to make East and West more intelligible to each other and to push both traditions to new philosophical and religious insights.

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