Advaita Vedanta and Zen Buddhism: Deconstructive Modes of Spiritual Inquiry

Bloomsbury Publishing
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This fascinating and innovative book explores the relationship between the philosophical underpinnings of Advaita Vedanta, Zen Buddhism and the experiential journey of spiritual practitioners. Taking the perspective of the questioning student, the author highlights the experiential deconstructive processes that are ignited when students' "everyday" dualistic thought structures are challenged by the non-dual nature of these teachings and practices.
Although Advaita Vedanta and Zen Buddhism are ontologically different, this unique study shows that in the dynamics of the practice situation they are phenomenologically similar.

Distinctive in scope and approach Advaita Vedanta and Zen Buddhism: Deconstructive Modes of Spiritual Inquiry examines Advaita and Zen as living practice traditions in which foundational non-dual philosophies are shown "in action" in contemporary Western practice situations thus linking abstract philosophical tenets to concrete living experience. As such it takes an important step toward bridging the gap between scholarly analysis and the experiential reality of these spiritual practices.
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About the author

Dr Leesa S. Davis is a sessional lecturer in Philosophy and Religious Studies at Deakin University, Australia, and a member of the Australasian Buddhist Studies Association.

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Publisher
Bloomsbury Publishing
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Published on
Apr 8, 2010
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Pages
246
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ISBN
9781441105868
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Language
English
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Genres
Religion / Buddhism / General
Religion / Buddhism / Zen
Religion / Hinduism / General
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