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Chan Insights and Oversights: An Epistemological Critique of the Chan Tradition
Author Faure, Bernard
PublisherPrinceton University Press
Publisher Url
LocationNew Jersey, US [紐澤西州, 美國]
Content type書籍=Book
AbstractFor many people attracted to Eastern religions (particularly Zen Buddhism), Asia seems the source of all wisdom. As Bernard Faure examines the study of Chan/Zen from the standpoint of postmodern human sciences and literary criticism, he challenges this inversion of traditional "Orientalist" discourse: whether the Other is caricatured or idealized, ethnocentric premises marginalize important parts of Chan thought. Questioning the assumptions of "Easterners" as well, including those of the charismatic D. T. Suzuki, Faure demonstrates how both West and East have come to overlook significant components of a complex and elusive tradition. Throughout the book Faure reveals surprising hidden agendas in the modern enterprise of Chan studies and in Chan itself. After describing how Jesuit missionaries brought Chan to the West, he shows how the prejudices they engendered were influenced by the sectarian constraints of Sino-Japanese discourse. He then assesses structural, hermeneutical, and performative ways of looking at Chan, analyzes the relationship of Chan and local religion, and discusses Chan concepts of temporality, language, writing, and the self. Read alone or with its companion volume, The Rhetoric of Immediacy, this work offers a critical introduction not only to Chinese and Japanese Buddhism but also to "theory" in the human sciences.
Table of contents[TABLE OF CONTENTS]

Introduction 3
Chan as Secondary Orientalism 5
The Cultural "Encounter Dialogue" 9
Comparison, Counterpoint, Intertwining 10
Ch. 1 Chan/Zen in the Western Imagination 15
Missionary Accounts 15
Buddhism and Quietism 29
Chan and Indian Mysticism 34
The Apostle Bodhidharma 45
Claudel and Buddhism 50
Ch. 2 The Rise of Zen Orientalism 52
Suzuki's Zen 53
The Western Critics of Suzuki 67
Nishida and the Kyoto School 74
Ch. 3 Rethinking Chan Historiography 89
Places and People 92
The Rise of Chan Historiography in Japan 99
The Cost of Objectivism 110
The Teleological Fallacy 114
Writing Chan History 123
Ch. 4 Alternatives 126
The Structural Approach 126
The Hermeneutic Approach 135
Toward a Performative Scholarship 145
Ch. 5 Space and Place 155
Chan and Local Spirits 156
From Place to Space 159
Chan In-sights and Di-visions 167
Ch. 6 Times and Tides 175
Conflicting Models 177
Dogen and His Times 187
The Ritualization of Time 192
Ch. 7 Chan and Language: Fair and Unfair Games 195
On the Way to Language 199
Poetical Language in Chan 205
How to Do Things with the Koan 211
Ch. 8 In-scribing/De-scribing Chan 217
A Qualified Anti-intellectualism 217
Chan Logocentrism 220
Orality in Chan 228
Chan as a Kind of Writing 233
Another Differend 234
Chan Rhetoric 237
Ch. 9 The Paradoxes of Chan Individualism 243
The Western Configuration of the Self 243
Early Buddhist Conceptions 251
Chinese Conceptions 254
The Individual and Power 257
Solitaire/Solidaire 261
Epilogue 269
Glossary 275
Bibliography 281
Index 317
ISBN9780691029023 (pbk)
Created date2015.10.07

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