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Leesa S. Davis
Deakin University
  1. Mindfulness, Non-Attachment and Other Buddhist Virtues.Leesa S. Davis - 2014 - In Stan van Hooft & Nafsika Athanassoulis (eds.), The Handbook of Virtue Ethics. Acumen Publishing.
     
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    Advaita Vedanta and Zen Buddhism: Deconstructive Modes of Spiritual Inquiry.Leesa S. Davis - 2010 - Continuum.
    Introduction: Experiential deconstructive inquiry -- Foundational philosophies and spiritual methods -- Non-duality in Advaita Vedanta and Zen Buddhism -- Ontological differences and non-duality -- Meditative inquiry, questioning, and dialoguing as a means to spiritual insight -- The undoing or deconstruction of dualistic conceptions -- Advaita Vedanta : philosophical foundations and deconstructive strategies -- Sources of the tradition -- Upaniads that art thou (Tat Tvam Asi) -- Gauapda (c.7th century) : no bondage, no liberation -- Aakara (c.7th-8th century) : there is (...)
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    Review of The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism, Edited by Robert E. Buswell Jr and Donald S. Lopez Jr: Princeton University Press, 2013, ISBN: 9780691157863, Hb, 1304 Pp. [REVIEW]Leesa S. Davis - 2015 - Sophia 54 (2):239-241.
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    Enacting the Violent Imaginary: Reflections on the Dynamics of Nonviolence and Violence in Buddhism.Leesa S. Davis - 2016 - Sophia 55 (1):15-30.
    In this paper, I explore the complex ethical dynamics of violence and nonviolence in Mahāyāna Buddhism by considering some of the historical precedents and scriptural prescriptions that inform modern and contemporary Buddhist acts of self-immolation. Through considering these scripturally sanctioned Mahāyāna ‘case studies,’ the paper traces the tension that exists in Buddhist thought between violence and nonviolence, outlines the interplay of key Mahāyāna ideas of transcendence and altruism, and comments on the mimetic status and influence of spiritually charged texts. It (...)
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    The View From The Cushion: Zen Challenges To Duality In The Contemporary Practice Situation1.Leesa S. Davis - 2009 - Contemporary Buddhism 10 (2):260-272.
    Based on participant-observation fieldwork, interviews with western Zen practitioners, public dharma talks and personal interviews given by two contemporary So¯to¯ Zen teachers (Ho¯gen Yamahata and Ekai Korematsu), this paper explores the challenges to ‘everyday’ dualistic thought structures that Zen practice poses to the questioning student and the ontological and epistemological significance of these challenges to the worldview of the experiencing student. First, the teaching styles and non-dual emphases of the two teachers in the context of teacher/student exchanges are examined; and, (...)
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