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Philosophical Meditations on Zen Buddhism (review)

Philosophical Meditations on Zen Buddhism (review) BCS 21 pp. i-viii, 1-164 12/5/01 6:24 PM Page 147 BOOK REVIEWS 147 does not mince words and is blunt in pointing out what he believes to be the Pope’s ignorance and misinformation about Buddhism and his implicit disparagement of Eastern cultures. Readers interested to know more about Thinley Norbu’s views on spirituality can refer to four or five other books he has published in the last decade and to his cutting analysis of Western Buddhist self-deception in the fall 1998 edi- tion of Tricycle. Short, inexpensive books have a greater chance of actually being read in our gen- eration habituated to instantaneous media bites and e-mail on the fly. At least they can be read at traffic lights and on public transport with ease, especially a profound essay like this that requires considerable rumination. Like cartoons or illustrated tech- nical manuals, they can whet the appetite for more serious stuff and require follow- up later. I look forward to a revised edition of Welcoming Flowers to recommend to general readers and students desiring an introduction to comparative Buddhist-Christian philosophy and the more complex layering of Buddhist thought than they often get from reading uncritical Zen or Pali texts. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Buddhist-Christian Studies University of Hawai'I Press

Philosophical Meditations on Zen Buddhism (review)

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Publisher
University of Hawai'I Press
Copyright
Copyright © 2001 The University of Hawai'i Press.
ISSN
1527-9472

Abstract

BCS 21 pp. i-viii, 1-164 12/5/01 6:24 PM Page 147 BOOK REVIEWS 147 does not mince words and is blunt in pointing out what he believes to be the Pope’s ignorance and misinformation about Buddhism and his implicit disparagement of Eastern cultures. Readers interested to know more about Thinley Norbu’s views on spirituality can refer to four or five other books he has published in the last decade and to his cutting analysis of Western Buddhist self-deception in the fall 1998 edi- tion of Tricycle. Short, inexpensive books have a greater chance of actually being read in our gen- eration habituated to instantaneous media bites and e-mail on the fly. At least they can be read at traffic lights and on public transport with ease, especially a profound essay like this that requires considerable rumination. Like cartoons or illustrated tech- nical manuals, they can whet the appetite for more serious stuff and require follow- up later. I look forward to a revised edition of Welcoming Flowers to recommend to general readers and students desiring an introduction to comparative Buddhist-Christian philosophy and the more complex layering of Buddhist thought than they often get from reading uncritical Zen or Pali texts.

Journal

Buddhist-Christian StudiesUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jan 1, 2001

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