Download e-book for kindle: Like Cats and Dogs: Contesting the Mu Koan in Zen Buddhism by Steven Heine

By Steven Heine

Koans are dialogues that stand on the middle of Zen Buddhist literature and are usually used to impress the "great doubt" in trying out a trainee's development. The Mu Koan comprises a quick dialog within which a monk asks grasp Zhaozhou even if a puppy has Buddha-nature. in keeping with the most model, the answer is "Mu": actually, "No," yet implying the philosophical concept of nothingness. this situation is generally thought of to be the only most sensible- recognized and most generally circulated koan list of the Zen institution that provides existential liberate from nervousness to achieve non secular illumination.

In a cautious research of the historic and rhetorical foundation of the literature, Steven Heine demonstrates that the Mu model of the case, most popular by way of advocates of the keyword strategy, doesn't in anyway represent the last word in regards to the which means and value of the Mu Koan. He indicates that one other canonical model, which provides either "Yes" and "No" responses, needs to be taken under consideration. Like Cats and Dogs bargains severe perception and a brand new theoretical standpoint on "the koan of koans."

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