Buddha is Dead: Nietzsche and the Dawn of European Zen

Buddha is Dead: Nietzsche and the Dawn of European Zen

by Manu Bazzano




Drawing on Zen as well as on Nietzsche's thought and its ramifications in and for western culture, this book is a fervent call for a re-visioning of philosophy as vocation. The author is critical of the status quo and committed to intellectual integrity; the result is a creative and adventurous enterprise which is no longer exclusively identified with academia or with the methodology of logic. Filtered through Nietzsche's hammer - by which he sounded out gods old and new - Buddhism in the West can avoid the pitfalls which emerged during its gestation period in the 20th century, such as: otherworldly spiritualism, conservatism, and denial of the body. The philosophy and the psychology of European Zen advocated by Manu Bazzano in Buddha is Dead: Nietzsche and the Dawn of European Zen is an unconditional affirmation of living and dying. It is an extraordinary fertile viewpoint that will be appreciated by all those who are interested in Eastern philosophy and religions, and who seek life affirming wisdom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845191498
Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
Publication date: 10/01/2006
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 261
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

About the Author

Manu Bazzano has edited two bestselling poetry anthologies, Haiku for Lovers and Zen Poems. He recently translated The Way of Awakening, a comprehensive commentary on the great classic of Buddhist literature, and is the editor of the Zen quarterly Hazy Moon.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Mission: Untimely

The True Task of Philosophy 3

Part 2 Great Doubt and the Death of God 49

Part 3 The Will to Power as Generosity 69

Part 4 The Crooked Path of Eternity

Time and the Eternal Return 85

Part 5 Beyond the Dream of Change

Towards a Zen Psychology 117

Part 6 On Nomadic Truth 181

Part 7 The Innocence of Becoming 197

Notes 229

Bibliography 239

Index 244

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