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The Rhetoric of Immediacy: A Cultural Critique of Chan/Zen Buddhism
Exploring key concepts and metaphors, Bernard Faure guides readers to an appreciation of some of the more elusive aspects of the Chinese traditions of Chan Buddhism and Japanese Zen. Faure focuses on Chan's insistence on "immediacy"--its denial of all traditional meditations, including scripture, ritual, good works--and yet shows how these mediations have always been prese ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published December 4th 1994 by Princeton University Press
(first published 1991)
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It's a marvelous book on Chan culture by the cultural theoretical approach. In spite of some confuse and mistakes, author explains Chan culture's characteristic persuasively. The most contribution of the book is to unveil Chan's ideology and its effects with consequence. It helps reader not to view Chan as a simple and isolated religious practice. It's a good book worthy to be recommended.
faure draws on the collective body of western anthropology, sociology and religious studies to show how Chan's practice and preaching often differ. there's also a perceptive analysis of Chan's relationship to popular religions such as Daoism and cosmological Confucianism.