Reading Emptiness: Buddhism and Literature

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Concludes that the closest thing in Western culture to the Middle Way of Buddhism is not any sort of theory or philosophy, but the practice of literature.
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Not an expert in eastern thought himself, Humphries (comparative literature, French, and English, Louisiana State U.) draws on the work of those in US academies who are to explore how literature might be integrated into a truly western practice of Buddhism that would remain true to its eastern roots. Three essays speculate about a possible common ground between literary and Buddhist practices. A fourth looks at the life and writing of Lafcadio Hearn and the place of Buddhism within it. Together they provide a coherent narrative. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction
Pt. 1 (Anti-)Theory
1 Proust and the Bonsai Tree: Theories of Art Western and Eastern 3
2 Reading Emptiness: Proust with Nagarjuna and Dogen Zenji 31
3 The Karmic Text: Buddhism and Translation 57
Pt. 2 Practice
4 Lafcadio Heam, Decadence, and the Dream of Buddhist Japan 83
Notes 145
Bibliography 151
Index 159
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