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By Leesa S. Davis

This attention-grabbing and cutting edge ebook explores the connection among the philosophical underpinnings of Advaita Vedanta, Zen Buddhism and the experiential trip of non secular practitioners. Taking the viewpoint of the wondering pupil, the writer highlights the experiential deconstructive techniques which are ignited while scholars' "everyday" dualistic suggestion buildings are challenged by way of the non-dual nature of those teachings and practices.
Although Advaita Vedanta and Zen Buddhism are ontologically various, this particular research indicates that during the dynamics of the perform state of affairs they're phenomenologically comparable.

Distinctive in scope and strategy Advaita Vedanta and Zen Buddhism: Deconstructive Modes of religious Inquiry examines Advaita and Zen as residing perform traditions during which foundational non-dual philosophies are proven "in motion" in modern Western perform events therefore linking summary philosophical tenets to concrete dwelling event. As such it takes a huge step towards bridging the distance among scholarly research and the experiential fact of those non secular practices.

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The primary definition … (svarūpalakṣaṇa), is given in terms of the essential description. The secondary definition … (taṭasthalakṣaṇa) is given in terms of the modal or “conventional” (accidental) description’ (Bilimoria, 1989, p. 164). What is important, according to Śaṅkara, is that the essential definition is one that does not predicate any properties of the thing being defined. So, when later Advaitins define brahman in the positive, as undifferentiated, pure consciousness or Being-Consciousness-Bliss (sat-citānanda)22 they are following Śaṅkara’s essential description of brahman in not taking sat-cit-ānanda ‘to be three different descriptions or three properties predicated of brahman, but rather as the unitary essence of the undifferentiated absolute’ (Bilimoria, 1989, p.

Answers are not set lectures or explanations but immediate and direct responses or demonstrations as to how the student should proceed. Richard Baker notes that working with Suzuki-rōshi was ‘a study in how to ask questions’ and Ramana would ‘correct the questioner even in the manner of the questioning’ indicating that both traditions have little or no use for explicating abstract philosophical points in the practice situation, but seek rather to push the student to ‘question the question’ itself and orientate him or her towards the necessary inner inquiry in which the ‘answer’ is revealed or where the question itself dissolves.

R]: Without knowing the Self why do you seek to know Brahman? [S]: The sastras [scriptures] say Brahman pervades all and me too. [R]: Find the ‘I’ in me and then there will be no time to think of Brahman. [S]: Why was I born? [R]: Who was born? The answer is the same for all of your questions. [S]: Who am I then? [R]: (smiling) Have you come to examine me and ask me? You must say who you are. (Maharshi, 1984, pp. ’ What is not known? Who is the ‘I’? Here, a tension is produced by the injunction ‘Find out’ which can trigger a round of circular reasoning along the lines of: How can I not know who I am and when I look, why can’t I immediately find out?

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