Buddhist revivalist movements : comparing Zen Buddhism and the Thai forest movement / Alan Robert Lopez.  (Text) (Text)

Lopez, Alan, 1947-
Call no.: BQ7080 .L67 2016Publication: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, c2016Description: xii, 240 p. : illISBN: 9781137543493; 1137543493Subject(s): Zen BuddhismBuddhist sectsPhilosophy of naturePhilosophy, AsianReligion and sociologyLOC classification: BQ7080 | .L67 2016
Contents:1. Entering the mountains and forests -- 2. Streams and sources, forests and mountains -- 3. Fish sauce and plums: teaching tactics -- 4. Warriors of the way: practice and path -- 5. Awakenings -- 6. Lives of the awakened -- 7. Pure mind: the fifth noble truth -- 8. View, emptiness, nowness, and skillful means -- 9. Meeting of the twain: revivalism and modernity -- 10. Conclusion.
Summary: This text provides a comparative investigation of the affinities and differences of two of the most dynamic currents in World Buddhism: Zen Buddhism and the Thai Forest Movement. Defying differences in denomination, culture, and historical epochs, these schools revived an unfettered quest for enlightenment and proceeded to independently forge like practices and doctrines. The author examines the teaching gambits and tactics, the methods of practice, the place and story line of teacher biography, and the nature and role of the awakening experience, revealing similar forms deriving from an uncompromising pursuit of awaking, the insistence on self-cultivation, and the preeminent role of the charismatic master. Offering a pertinent review of their encounters with modernism, the book provides a new coherence to these seemingly disparate movements, opening up new avenues for scholars and possibilities for practitioners.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 233-234) and index.

1. Entering the mountains and forests -- 2. Streams and sources, forests and mountains -- 3. Fish sauce and plums: teaching tactics -- 4. Warriors of the way: practice and path -- 5. Awakenings -- 6. Lives of the awakened -- 7. Pure mind: the fifth noble truth -- 8. View, emptiness, nowness, and skillful means -- 9. Meeting of the twain: revivalism and modernity -- 10. Conclusion.

This text provides a comparative investigation of the affinities and differences of two of the most dynamic currents in World Buddhism: Zen Buddhism and the Thai Forest Movement. Defying differences in denomination, culture, and historical epochs, these schools revived an unfettered quest for enlightenment and proceeded to independently forge like practices and doctrines. The author examines the teaching gambits and tactics, the methods of practice, the place and story line of teacher biography, and the nature and role of the awakening experience, revealing similar forms deriving from an uncompromising pursuit of awaking, the insistence on self-cultivation, and the preeminent role of the charismatic master. Offering a pertinent review of their encounters with modernism, the book provides a new coherence to these seemingly disparate movements, opening up new avenues for scholars and possibilities for practitioners.

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