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Toward a Philosophy of Zen Buddhism
Author Izutsu, Toshihiko
PublisherGreat Eastern Book Co
Content type書籍=Book
Keyword禪宗=Zen Buddhism=Zazen Buddhism=Chan Buddhism=Son Buddhism; 佛教教義=Buddhist Doctrines=Buddhist Teachings;
AbstractZen experience defies all thinking and linguistic description and simply affirms what is evidently real. "The ordinary way -- that precisely is the Way". After questioning the nature of reality, the Zen student discovers that what remains is what is. Although it seems that Zen would not lend itself to philosophical discussion, that all conceptualization would dissolve in light of this empiricism, in this volume, the author demonstrates that the "silence" of Zen is in fact pregnant with words.
A variety of topics are discussed: the experience of satori, ego and egolessness. Zen sense and nonsense, koan practice, the influence of Zen on Japanese painting and calligraphy and much more.

Table of contents
Essay I-The True Man Without Any Rank
I. Zen and the Problem of Man
II. The Functional Relationship between Subject and Object
III. Consciousness and Supra-Consciousness
IV. The Structure of the Empirical Ego
V. 'The Whole is One Single Mind'
VI. The Field Structure of Ultimate Reality
VII. The Zen Image of Man
Essay II-Two Dimensions of Ego Consciousness
I. The First Person Pronoun'I'
II. Zen Theory of Consciousness
III. The Ego-less Ego
Essay III-Sense and Nonsense in Zen Buddhism
I. Zen Nonsense
II. Meaningful or Meaningless?
III. Speech and Language in a Zen Context
IV. The Ontology of Meaning in Mahayana Buddhism
V. The Problem of Semantic Articulation
Essay IV-The Philosophical Problem of Articulation
I. The Problem of Articulation
II. Articulation as a Dynamic Process
III. Language and Articulation
IV. Absolute Freedom of Articulation
Essay V-Thinking and A-thinking Through Koan
I. Mistrust in Thinking
II. Elimination of Discursive Thinking
III. The A-thinking Thinking
IV. Soto Zen and Rinzai Zen
V. Koan
Essay VI-The Interior and Exterior in Zen
I. Painting and Calligraphy in the Far East
II. Pseudo-Problems in Zen
III. Experience of Satori
IV. The Externalization of the Internal
V. The Internalization of the External
Essay VII-The Elimination of Color in Far Eastern Art and Philosophy
I. The Colorful and the Colorless World
II. The Black-and-White Art
Created date2004.05.07

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