The Body: Toward an Eastern Mind-Body Theory

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887064685
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1987
  • Series: SUNY Series in Buddhist Studies
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 0.61 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Introduction
Author's Preface and Acknowledgments
(from Japanese edition)
Author's Introduction to the English Edition


Editor's Summary
1: WATSUJI Tetsuro's View of the Body
Space and body in intersubjectivity
Differences between East and West in understanding spatial-temporal experience
Unity of body-mind

2: NISHIDA Kitaro's View of the Body
The body's amiguity in acting intuition
Time-consciousness and space-consciousness in relation to the body
The basho (place) vis-a-vis being and vis-a-vis nothing
Dual layered consciousness
Practical apodicticity in experience qua basho
The dual structure in acting intuition
Problematics in Nishida's method

3: Method and Attitude in Studying Eastern Thought
The need for methodological reflection
Depth psychology and Eastern metaphysics


Editor's Summary
4: What is Cultivation (shugyo)?
Kairitsu (precepts and canonical law) in Indian Buddhism
Kairitsu in Chin and Japan
Kairitsu and cultivation in Japanese Buddhism
The meaning of cultivation

5: Theories of Artistry (geido)
Cultivation and training in the waka theory of poetry
The waka-dharani
Performance and mind in Zeami
No-mind and body-mind oneness

6: Dogen
Zen's practical character
Cultivation's reversal of the ordinary understanding of being
The body-mind relation in seated meditation
Molting the ordinary dimension

7: Kukai
Chinese Buddhism and the Indian character of tantric Buddhism
Cultivation and the ten stages of mind
The body and sexuality
Sublimation of eros in the mandala
Comparison with mediation in Kundalini Yoga
The body-mind relation as sokushinjobutsu
Overcoming the body'd ambiguity through cultivation


Editor's Summary
8: Contemporary Philosophical Mind-Body Theories
Bergson's Motor Scheme: Beneath the permeation of perception and memory
Brain function and the body's motor-scheme
Merleau-Ponty's Somatic Scheme: The sensory-motor circuit and The somatic scheme
Internal perception
General assessment of Merleau-Ponty's theory of the body
Emotions: The base of the sensory-motor circuit
Two direction in emotion

9: Dual Structure of the Mind-Body Relationship
Surface and base structures: Dual psychophysiological structures of body and mind
Psychophysciological research and Eastern thought
Philosophical significance of body-mind research
Reversing our ordinary understanding of the mind-body relation: Reevaluation of Bergson

10: Eastern Meditation
Psychotherapy and cultivation: Disease and cure in psychosomatic medicine
Psychotherapy and meditative cultivation
The body-mind relation in Indian meditation
Metaphysics and the mind-body theory: Body-mind and Eastern metaphysics (metapsychics)
The body in Indian and Chinese medicine
Intuition and Humanness
Paranormal knowledge

Author's Conclusion to the English Edition

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