Zen and Comparative Studies
ISBN 10: 0824818326 / 0-8248-1832-6
ISBN 13: 9780824818326
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Publication Date: 1996
Zen is not a religion of God, nor a religion of faith. It is a religion of emptiness, a religion of absolute nothingness. However it is not nothingness but dynamically positive, for Zen is based on self-awakening, awakening to the self. In this book, a sequel to "Zen and Western Thought", the author tries to clarify the true meaning of Buddhist emptiness in comparison with Aristotelian notion of substance and Whiteheadron notion of process. He also emphasises that Buddhism completely defies and overcomes dualism, but it is not monistic, but rather nondualistic. What is Nondualism? This is one of the important themes of this book.
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