Journal of Chinese Philosophy 37 (3):457-471 (2010)

Barry Allen
McMaster University
Similarities between Daoism and Chan (Zen) are often merely verbal, a skillful appropriation by Chan authors of a vocabulary that seems Daoist only to a point, and then departs in a predictable way. What makes the departure predictable is the completely different understanding of emptiness in Chan and Daoism, supporting a no less different understanding of the value of knowledge. Daoism remains optimistic about knowledge in a way Chan is not. Buddhist wisdom exhausts life, extinguishes it, does not nourish it, and therefore cannot satisfy the Daoist conviction concerning the value of knowledge.
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DOI 10.1111/j.1540-6253.2010.01596.x
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