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Action, Authority and Approach: Treatiseson "Zen"/"Chan", Radical Interpretation, and the Linji Lu

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This dissertation, "Action, authority and approach: treatiseson "Zen"/"Chan," radical interpretation, and the Linji Lu" by Michael Scott, Carroll, was obtained from The University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong) and is being sold pursuant to Creative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License. The content of this dissertation has not been altered in any way. We have altered the formatting in order to facilitate the ease of printing and reading of the dissertation. All rights not granted by the above license are retained by the author.

Abstract of thesis entitled: "Action, Authority and Approach: Treatises on "Zen"/"Chan," Radical Interpretation, and the Linji Lu"
Submitted by Michael Scott Carroll for the degree of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) at the University of Hong Kong in August, 2006.

5This thesis is a collection of three treatises. The first, "禪, "Chan," and "Zen" A Critical Inquiry Concerning the West," investigates the political roots of the names "Chan" and "Zen" and the consequences of these roots upon Western scholarship of a particular school of Chinese Buddhism. Treatise Two, "Radical Interpretation, Wittgenstein, and the Concept of Meaning: A Philosophical Approach," presents a non- circular methodology (radical interpretation) for interpreting alien texts and languages that does not appeal to authority but, instead, employs a language-theoretical approach. The final treatise, "Hosting and Approaching: An Interpretive Investigation of the Linji Lu," employs radical interpretation to present a new reading of the Linji Lu, a seminal text in Chan/Zen Buddhism. The purpose of the Linji Lu, this treatise concludes, is to unaffected presence bring readers to wushi 無事 the simultaneous understanding and actualization of an "action ideal" which allows a person to take part in an ever-changing and turbulent objective world (jing 境) while both a) not taking part in the creation of matters: social affairs unaffected presence shi 事 and b) helping others actualize wushi 無事. Connecting these three seemingly disparate essays are three "fibres" of thought that emerge from each treatise. Treatises One and Three, for example, serve as very different "case studies" for applying the conclusions of Treatise Two. Treatises One and Two, conversely, may be viewed as preliminary work necessary to embark on the project of Treatise Three. Last, Treatise One may be viewed as a challenge to studies of Buddhism, with Treatise Two proposing a methodological answer to that challenge and Treatise Three putting it into application. The result are three treatises that mutually sustain one another as they cover larger themes of action, authority, and approach, raising, along the way, a few thoughts on names and the way we use them. 6
DOI: 10.5353/th_b3895510
Zen Buddhism
Semantics (Philosophy)

190 pages, Paperback

Published January 27, 2017

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