The view from the cushion : zen challenges to duality in the contemporary practice situation

Davis, Leesa S. 2009, The view from the cushion : zen challenges to duality in the contemporary practice situation, Contemporary Buddhism, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 260-272, doi: 10.1080/14639940903239801.

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Title The view from the cushion : zen challenges to duality in the contemporary practice situation
Author(s) Davis, Leesa S.ORCID iD for Davis, Leesa S.
Journal name Contemporary Buddhism
Volume number 10
Issue number 2
Start page 260
End page 272
Total pages 13
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2009-11-02
ISSN 1463-9947
Summary Based on participant-observation fieldwork, interviews with western Zen practitioners, public dharma talks and personal interviews given by two contemporary Sōtō Zen teachers (Hōgen Yamahata and Ekai Korematsu), this paper explores the challenges to 'everyday' dualistic thought structures that Zen practice poses to the questioning student and the ontological and epistemological significance of these challenges to the worldview of the experiencing student. First, the teaching styles and non-dual emphases of the two teachers in the context of teacher/student exchanges are examined; and, secondly, the experiential challenges and changes in worldview from the practitioner's point of view are phenomenologically explored. By teasing out the parallels and links between the phenomenology of Zen practice and the philosophical underpinnings of Zen practice instructions, foundational philosophical tenets can be shown 'in action' in the contemporary practice situation and a window is opened on the ontological and epistemological significance of the experiential impact of Zen teachings.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14639940903239801
Field of Research 220499 Religion and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 950499 Religion and Ethics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2009, Taylor & Francis
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