Awareness Bound and Unbound: Buddhist Essays

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Essays from the singular experience of Buddhist social critic and philosopher David R. Loy on classic and contemporary concerns.
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“Loy … writes from a comparative perspective to determine what is vital and what is culturally outdated in Buddhism and Western worldviews. The ethical challenges hindering liberation are, in his opinion, the human propensity to cling to dualistic modes of thought and behavior, which, he argues convincingly, is the source of the violence, poverty, and exploitation that are presently destroying the human community and the life-forms with which humankind shares planet Earth.” — CHOICE
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781438426808
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 7/9/2009
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents


Introduction: Myth Broken and Unbroken

1. Awareness Bound and Unbound: On the Nature of Attention

2. Language Against Its Own Mystifications: Deconstruction in Nagarjuna and Dogen

3. Dead Words, Living Words, Healing Words: The Disseminations of Dogen and Eckhart

4. Zhuangzi and Nagarjuna on the Truth of No Truth

5. CyberBabel

6. Dying to the Self that Never Was

7. The Dharma of Emanuel Swedenborg

8. The Karma of Women

9. The West Against the Rest? A Buddhist Response to The Clash of Civilizations

10. Terrorism as Religion: On the Identity Crisis of Secularism


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