Zen Questions: Zazen, Dogen, and the Spirit of Creative by Taigen Dan Leighton

By Taigen Dan Leighton

No matter if talking of scholar or grasp, Zen hinges at the query. Zen perform doesn't unavoidably specialise in the solutions, yet on discovering an area within which we may well maintain uncertainty and stay current and upright in the midst of investigations.

Zen Questions starts through exploring "The international of Zazen,"--the foundational perform of the Zen school--presenting it as an angle of sustained inquiry that provides us an entryway into real repose and pleasure. From there, Leighton attracts deeply on his personal adventure as a Zen student and instructor to ask us into the creativity of Zen expertise and perform.

He explores the poetic brain of Dogen with the poetry of Rumi, Mary Oliver, Gary Snyder, or even "the American Dharma Bard" Bob Dylan. What's extra, Leighton uncovers dazzling resonances among the writings of America's Founding Fathers--including Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin--and the releasing beliefs on the center of Zen.

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By Taigen Dan Leighton

No matter if talking of scholar or grasp, Zen hinges at the query. Zen perform doesn't unavoidably specialise in the solutions, yet on discovering an area within which we may well maintain uncertainty and stay current and upright in the midst of investigations.

Zen Questions starts through exploring "The international of Zazen,"--the foundational perform of the Zen school--presenting it as an angle of sustained inquiry that provides us an entryway into real repose and pleasure. From there, Leighton attracts deeply on his personal adventure as a Zen student and instructor to ask us into the creativity of Zen expertise and perform.

He explores the poetic brain of Dogen with the poetry of Rumi, Mary Oliver, Gary Snyder, or even "the American Dharma Bard" Bob Dylan. What's extra, Leighton uncovers dazzling resonances among the writings of America's Founding Fathers--including Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin--and the releasing beliefs on the center of Zen.

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In the following chapters we will explore in more detail how different streams of foreign influence (reformed theology, pentecostalism, dispensationalism, Unitarianism) have been mixed in unique ways with indigenous elements to produce these alternative Japanese Christian traditions.

Christianity and various new religions that emerged from the war's aftermath provided one means of coping with this crisis. With the establishment of religious freedom by the Occupation Forces in 1946, many groups left the Kyodan* to reestablish their prewar denominational identities.  Between 1949 and 1953 over fifteen hundred new missionaries arrived in Japan, and the churches began to show signs of recovery.  Indigenous new religious movements, on the other hand, have capitalized on the new demographic profile and deregulated religious economy and, according to the most reliable Japanese scholarship, have memberships totaling between 10 and 20 percent of the population.

Even many Japanese who made a commitment to the Christian faith struggled with lingering doubts about the "absoluteness" of missionary versions of Christianity.  The fact that numerous denominations were competing for converts on Japanese soil (each with its own doctrinal peculiarities and forms of government) indicated to many leaders that there might be room for Japanese interpretations and cultural expressions of Christianity. For the founders of independent Christian movements, the transplanted missionary traditions, though a valuable resource to draw upon, were hardly the absolute truth.

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