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Old 03-29-2011, 04:01 AM   #4
Nicholas Eschenbruch
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Re: Zen in the Art of Aikido

Demetrio Cereijo wrote: View Post

I'm feeling the urge to kill a kitten.
As long as it is not a prisoner of war....

But seriously, Niall, you realise that you are presenting a very specific interpretation of Zen, I hope? One that is very modernist and closely connected with often inaccurate 19th century samurai myths and 20th century (Japanese, but ironically enough even German) nationalism? And late 20th century marketing lingo?

An alternative view would stress the character of zen/ ch'an, for almost all of its history, as essentially Mahayana buddhism, and challenge its appropriation for the political and ideological purposes of 20th century Japan. As well es the decontextualisation ("everything is somehow zen", "zen cannot be spoken about" and the like) that came with it.

Not meaning to be disrespectful, just pointing it out.

Last edited by Nicholas Eschenbruch : 03-29-2011 at 04:02 AM. Reason: grammar, spelling
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