Chan Insights and Oversights
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About "Chan Insights and Oversights"
Bernard Faure examines the study of Chan/Zen from the standpoint of postmodern human sciences and literary criticism, challenging this inversion of traditional Orientalist discourse: whether the Other is caricatured or idealized, ethnocentric premises marginalize important parts of Chan thought. Questioning the assumptions of Easterners as well, including those of the charismatic D. T. Suzuki, Faure demonstrates how both West and East have come to overlook significant components of a complex and elusive tradition. A highly sensitive and richly textured re-examination of the Chan/Zen tradition. [Faure] is to be congratulated for having provided us with just such a fruitful (and by no means temporary) scholarship that enriches our understanding of Chan/Zen. It makes us keenly aware that Chan/Zen is ... a continuously evolving entity that can withstand the most rigorous and critical scholarly inquiry.--Richard Shek, The Journal of Asian History Thoughtful and thought-provoking. After reading Faure's contributions in The Rhetoric of Immediacy and Insights and Oversights, none of us working the fields of Zen, Buddhist studies, or historical and cultural studies can go about our work in quite the same way.... Our thinking [is] reshaped by the topics he raises and the approaches he uses.--Martin Collcutt, Journal of Japanese Studies
Meet the Author
Bernard Faure is George Edwin Burnell Professor of Religious Studies at Stanford University. He is the author, most recently, of" The Will to Orthodoxy: A Critical Genealogy of Northern Chan Buddhism "(Stanford1997).