The Rhetoric of Immediacy: A Cultural Critique of Chan/Zen Buddhism

The Rhetoric of Immediacy: A Cultural Critique of Chan/Zen Buddhism

by Bernard Faure, Claire Douglas
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691029636

ISBN-13: 9780691029634

Pub. Date: 11/14/1994

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Through a highly sensitive exploration of key concepts and metaphors, Bernard Faure guides Western readers in appreciating some of the more elusive aspects of the Chinese tradition of Chan Buddhism and its outgrowth, Japanese Zen. He focuses on Chan's insistence on "immediacy"—its denial of all traditional mediations, including scripture, ritual, good

Overview

Through a highly sensitive exploration of key concepts and metaphors, Bernard Faure guides Western readers in appreciating some of the more elusive aspects of the Chinese tradition of Chan Buddhism and its outgrowth, Japanese Zen. He focuses on Chan's insistence on "immediacy"—its denial of all traditional mediations, including scripture, ritual, good works—and yet shows how these mediations have always been present in Chan. Given this apparent duplicity in its discourse, Faure reveals how Chan structures its practice and doctrine on such mental paradigms as mediacy/immediacy, sudden/gradual, and center/margins.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691029634
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
11/14/1994
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
797,664
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.08(d)

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