Awareness Bound and Unbound: Buddhist Essays

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SUNY Press, Jul 2, 2009 - Religion - 208 pages
What do we need to do to become truly comfortable at one with our lives here and now? In these essays, Buddhist social critic and philosopher David R. Loy discusses liberation not from the world, but into it. Loy s lens is a wide one, encompassing the classic and the contemporary, the Asian, the Western, and the comparative. Loy seeks to distinguish what is vital from what is culturally conditioned and perhaps outdated in Buddhism and also to bring fresh worldviews to a Western world in crisis. Some basic Buddhist teachings are reconsidered and thinkers such as Nagarjuna, Dogen, Eckhart, Swedenborg, and Zhuangzi are discussed. Particularly contemporary concerns include the effects of a computerized society, the notion of karma and the position of women, terrorism and the failure of secular modernity, and a Buddhist response to the notion of a clash of civilizations. With his unique mix of Buddhist philosophical insight and passion for social justice, Loy asks us to consider when our awareness, or attention, is bound in delusion and when it is unbound and awakened.
 

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Contents

Myth Broken and Unbroken
1
Awareness Bound Unbound On the Nature of Attention
13
Language Against Its Own Mystifications Deconstruction in Nagarjuna and Dogen
31
Dead Words Living Words and Healing Words The Disseminations of Dogen and Eckhart
47
Zhuangzi and Nagarjuna on the Truth of No Truth
61
CyberBabel
77
Dying to the Self that Never Was
89
The Dharma of Emanuel Swedenborg
107
The Karma of Women
129
The West Against the Rest? A Buddhist Response to The Clash of Civilizations
143
Terrorism as Religion The Identity Crisis of Secularism
155
Notes
181
Bibliography
191
Index
199
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David R. Loy is Besl Family Chair Professor of Ethics/Religion and Society at Xavier University. He is the author of several books, including A Buddhist History of the West: Studies in Lack, also published by SUNY Press, and Money, Sex, War, Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution.

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