David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophy East and West 59 (3):pp. 263-293 (2009)
Some common conceptions of Buddhist meditative practice emphasize the elimination of emotion and desire in the interest of attaining tranquility and spiritual perfection. But to place too strong an emphasis on this is to miss an important social element emphasized by major figures in the Mahāyāna and Chan/Zen Buddhist traditions who are critical of these quietistic elements and who stress instead an understanding of an enlightenment that emphasizes enriched sociality and flexible readiness to engage, and not avoid, life's fluctuations in fortune and essential impermanence. It is argued here that these criticisms of quietism are bolstered by recent advances in the philosophy and psychology of the emotions that highlight the role of emotions in framing the context of decision making—that is, in sorting out the relevant from the irrelevant, identifying salience, and directing decisions when uncertainty prevents definitive judgment. This research makes clearer why self-liberation is fundamentally a matter of liberation from judgmental habit and inflexibility, and lends support to a view of enlightenment that emphasizes compassionate engagement with others. It also provides for a more plausible picture of the cognitive transformation involved in liberation and sheds light on the rationale for certain traditional Chan and Zen teaching tactics, such as those involving koan introspection
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Carine Girard & André Sobczak (2012). Towards a Model of Corporate and Social Stakeholder Engagement: Analyzing the Relations Between a French Mutual Bank and Its Members. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 107 (2):215-225.
William C. Dell (2010). Deconstructing Zen: Apples and Oranges, Strings and Branes, and the Buddha's Belly. Millennial Mind Pub..
Cristina Rocha (2007). The Other Side of Zen: A Social History of Sōtō Zen Buddhism in Tokugawa Japan (Review). Philosophy East and West 57 (4):599-601.
Dale Stuart Wright (1998). Philosophical Meditations on Zen Buddhism. Cambridge University Press.
Hakuin (2012). Beating the Cloth Drum: The Letters of Zen Master Hakuin. Shambhala Publications.
Richard Bryan McDaniel & Albert Low (eds.) (2012). Zen Masters of China: The First Step East: Zen Stories. Tuttle Publishing.
P. J. (1958). Zen Flesh, Zen Bones, A Collection of Zen and Pre-Zen Writings. Review of Metaphysics 12 (1):148-149.
Added to index2009-08-08
Total downloads41 ( #44,826 of 1,101,814 )
Recent downloads (6 months)7 ( #41,591 of 1,101,814 )
How can I increase my downloads?