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Pruning the Bodhi Tree
By: Hubbard & Swanson

Pruning the Bodhi Tree

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Author: Hubbard & Swanson
ISBN: 9780824819491
Publication Date: 1997

Product Code: 5775

What is Buddhism? According to Hakamaya Noriaki and Matsumoto Shiro, the answer lies in neither Ch'an nor Zen; in neither the Kyoto school of philosophy nor the non-duality taught in the "Vimalakirti Sutra." In this characteristically confrontational manner , Hakamaya contends that "criticism alone is Buddhism." Together with Matsumoto and others, Hakamaya argues that much of the Buddhist tradition has denied the very possibility of talking about the truth; that the denigration of language and rational thought implicit in much of the Buddhist tradition has led to an erasure of the critical discrimination of truth that is the heart of Buddhist realization and of social justice.
This volume introduces and analyzes the ideas of "critical Buddhism" in relation to the targets of its critique and situates those ideas in the context of current discussions of postmodern academic scholarship, the separation of the disinterested scholar and committed religious practitioner, and the place of social activism within the academy. Essays critical of the received traditions of Buddhist thought (many never before translated) are presented and then countered by the work of respected scholars, both Japanese and Western, who take contrary positions.

Pruning the Bodhi Tree, Hubbard & Swanson, eds., University of Hawai'i Press, 515 pages, $22.95

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