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The nature and rationale of Zen/Chan and enlightenment : the mind of a pre-natal baby

Title
The nature and rationale of Zen/Chan and enlightenment : the mind of a pre-natal baby / Ming Dong Gu.
ISBN
9781032497631
1032497637
9781032497655
1032497653
9781003395348
9781000916355
9781000916324
Publication
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2024.
Copyright Notice Date
©2024
Physical Description
xxiii, 224 pages ; 24 cm.
Summary
"This book initiates a paradigm shift away from Zen/Chan as quintessentially Buddhist and examines what makes Chan thought and practice unique and original through an interdisciplinary investigation of the nature and rationale of Chan and its enlightenment. Exploring how enlightenment is achieved through Chan practice and how this differs from other forms of Buddhism, the book offers an entirely new view of Chan that embraces historical scholarship, philosophical inquiry, textual analysis, psychological studies, Chan practice, and neuroscientific research and locates the core of Chan in its founder Huineng's theory of no thinking which creatively integrates the Taoist ideas of zuowang (forgetting in seated meditation) and xinzhai (fast of heart-mind) with his personal experiences of enlightenment. It concludes that Chan is the crystallization of an innovative synthesis of Buddhism, Daoism, and Confucianism as well as other resources of somatic and spiritual cultivation, and enlightenment is a momentary return to the mental state of a baby before birth. This book will appeal to students and scholars of religion, philosophy and neuroscience. It will also offer new insights to thinkers, writers, artists, therapists and neuroscientists as well as those practicing Zen, Mindfulness and psychotherapy"-- Provided by publisher.
Other formats
Online version: Gu, Mingdong, 1955- Nature and rationale of Zen/Chan and enlightenment New York : Routledge, 2023
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
December 13, 2023
Series
Routledge studies in Asian religion and philosophy.
Routledge studies in Asian religion and philosophy
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
Introduction: One Man's Journey to Zen/Chan
1. A Paradigm Shift for Zen/Chan Studies
2. Is Zen/Chan a Mysterium Ineffabile?
3. Is Zen/Chan a School of Buddhism?
4. What Is the Authentic Nature of Chan School?
5. Enlightenment as Momentary Return to Pre-Natal Mind
6. A Neuroscientific Approach to Zen/Chan and Enlightenment
7. What Makes Zen/Chan Thought Unique and Original?
8. Ideology, Mindfulness, and Transcultural Religion
Conclusion: Zen/Chan Is the Dao/Tao of No Thinking
Bibliography
Index.
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