Beat Zen, Square Zen et Zen

République des Lettres

Texte intégral révisé suivi d'une biographie d'Alan Watts. Soucieux de rigueur, l'auteur de "L'Esprit du zen" et du "Bouddhisme zen" met les choses au point dans ce célèbre article d'une quarantaine de pages intitulé "Beat Zen, Square Zen et Zen". II y explique que, pour lui, ni le zen square, celui de l'orthodoxie et des institutions japonaises, ni le zen beat, trop souvent fumeux prétexte à suivre sa fantaisie, ne sont réellement le Zen, qui procède d'un lâcher-prise radical. "... l'Occidental que le Zen séduit et qui désire le comprendre pleinement doit faire preuve d'une qualité indispensable: il lui faut avoir une connaissance exacte de sa propre culture afin de n'être plus inconsciemment soumis à ses postulats. Il lui faut avoir fait sa paix avec Jahve et sa conscience judéo-chrétienne et être en mesure d'afficher une indifférence libre de crainte ou de révolte. Il doit s'être délivré du besoin malsain de se justifier. Faute de ces conditions, son Zen sera soit "beat", soit "square", soit révolte contre une culture et un ordre social, soit nouveau mode de conformisme et de respectabilité. Car le Zen signifie avant tout libération de l'esprit vis-à-vis des conventions, ce qui est totalement différent aussi bien d'une révolte contre les conventions que de l'adoption de conventions étrangères." — Alan W. Watts.
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Alan Watts, a countercultural icon and author of more than twenty books, was also a spiritual philosopher, scholar of Buddhism, Anglican minister, and chaplain at Northwestern University. He died in 1973.

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Publisher
République des Lettres
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Published on
Sep 5, 2016
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Pages
48
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ISBN
9782824903224
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Language
French
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Genres
Religion / Buddhism / Zen
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Alan Watts
Alan Watts
In order to come to your senses, Alan Watts often said, you sometimes need to go out of your mind. Perhaps more than any other teacher in the West, this celebrated author, former Anglican priest, and self-described spiritual entertainer was responsible for igniting the passion of countless wisdom seekers to the spiritual and philosophical delights of India, China, and Japan.
 
With Out of Your Mind, you are invited to immerse yourself in six of this legendary thinker's most engaging teachings on how to break through the limits of the rational mind and expand your awareness and appreciation for the great game unfolding all around us. Distilled from Alan Watts’s pinnacle lectures, Out of Your Mind brings you an inspiring new resource that captures the true scope of this brilliant teacher in action.
 
For those both new and familiar with Watts, this book invites us to delve into his favorite pathways out of the trap of conventional awareness, including:
 
• The art of the “controlled accident”—what happens when you stop taking your life so seriously and start enjoying it with complete sincerity
 
• How we come to believe “the myth of myself”—that we are skin-encapsulated egos separate from the world around us—and how to transcend that illusion
 
• Why we must fully embrace chaos and the void to find our deepest purpose
 
• Unconventional and refreshing insights into the deeper principles of Buddhism, Hinduism, Western philosophy, Christianity, and much more
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