Double Exposure: Cutting across Buddhist and Western Discourses

Double Exposure: Cutting across Buddhist and Western Discourses

by Bernard Faure
     
 

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This book explores the possible relations between Western types of rationality and Buddhism. It also examines some clichés about Buddhism and questions the old antinomies of Western culture ("faith and reason," or "idealism and materialism"). The use of the Buddhist notion of the Two Truths as a hermeneutic device leads to a double or multiple exposure that

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This book explores the possible relations between Western types of rationality and Buddhism. It also examines some clichés about Buddhism and questions the old antinomies of Western culture ("faith and reason," or "idealism and materialism"). The use of the Buddhist notion of the Two Truths as a hermeneutic device leads to a double or multiple exposure that will call into question our mental habits and force us to ask questions differently, to think "in a new key."

Double Exposure is somewhat of an oddity. Written by a specialist for nonspecialists, it is not a book of vulgarization. Although it aims at a better integration of Western and Buddhist thought, it is not an exercise in comparative philosophy or religion. It is neither a contribution to Buddhist scholarship in the narrow sense, nor a contribution to some vague Western "spirituality." Cutting across traditional disciplines and blurring established genres, it provides a leisurely but deeply insightful stroll through philosophical and literary texts, dreams, poetry, and paradoxes.

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"Faure's analysis is agile, complex, and perceptive....Double Exposure is a subtle and challenging reflection on both Buddhist and Western culture and thought and should be read by anyone concerned with their encounter in the contemporary world."—The Journal of Religion

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804743488
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2003
Series:
Cultural Memory in the Present Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Bernard Faure is George Edwin Burnell Professor of Religious Studies at Stanford University. He is the author, most recently, of The Will to Orthodoxy: A Critical Genealogy of Northern Chan Buddhism (Stanford1997).

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