Dōgen’s “Leaving Home Life” (Shukke 出家): A Study of Aesthetic Experience and Growth in John Dewey and Dōgen

Dōgen’s “Leaving Home Life” (Shukke 出家): A Study of Aesthetic... <p>Abstract:</p><p>Drawing on both Dōgen’s Sōtō Zen and the later works of John Dewey, I argue that Dōgen uses the expression “leaving home life” in the “Leaving Home Life” (<i>Shukke</i> 出家) fascicle of the <i>Shōbōgenzō</i> not in the sense that a person must leave home life and become a practicing monk; rather, by looking at Dewey’s understanding of aesthetic experience as the overcoming of the means/ends dualism, I argue that Dōgen’s “leaving home life” similarly expresses the overcoming of the means/ends, practice/enlightenment dualisms. Considering the differences between Dewey and Dōgen, “leaving home life” can then be considered a form of aesthetic experience in the sense that persons achieve a greater degree of interaction with the natural world by overcoming the means/ends dualism, yet in a way that is not structured teleologically.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

Dōgen’s “Leaving Home Life” (Shukke 出家): A Study of Aesthetic Experience and Growth in John Dewey and Dōgen

Philosophy East and West, Volume 70 (1) – Feb 21, 2020

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<p>Abstract:</p><p>Drawing on both Dōgen’s Sōtō Zen and the later works of John Dewey, I argue that Dōgen uses the expression “leaving home life” in the “Leaving Home Life” (<i>Shukke</i> 出家) fascicle of the <i>Shōbōgenzō</i> not in the sense that a person must leave home life and become a practicing monk; rather, by looking at Dewey’s understanding of aesthetic experience as the overcoming of the means/ends dualism, I argue that Dōgen’s “leaving home life” similarly expresses the overcoming of the means/ends, practice/enlightenment dualisms. Considering the differences between Dewey and Dōgen, “leaving home life” can then be considered a form of aesthetic experience in the sense that persons achieve a greater degree of interaction with the natural world by overcoming the means/ends dualism, yet in a way that is not structured teleologically.</p>

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Published: Feb 21, 2020

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