Attaining the Way: A Guide to the Practice of Chan Buddhism by Sheng Yen

By Sheng Yen

This is often an inspiring advisor to the perform of Chan (Chinese Zen) within the phrases of 4 nice masters of that culture. It contains teachings from modern masters Xuyun and Sheng Yen, and from Jiexian and Boshan of the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644). although the texts have been written over a interval of hundreds of thousands of years, they're all remarkably lucid and are ideal for newcomers in addition to extra complex practitioners this present day. the entire details of religious perform are coated: philosophical foundations, equipment, methods to difficulties and obstacles—all geared toward supporting the coed reach how to enlightenment.

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This is] a self that calculates about itself and that acts upon itself in order to better itself’ (Rose 1996: 154). This is how individualist and capitalist spirituality fulfil their function alongside such procedures as job satisfaction surveys, progress reviews and personal development, and through the expertise and techniques of human resources, life coaching and the like. For Carrette and King (2005: 16), individualist and capitalist forms of spirituality exploit ‘the historical respect and “aura of authenticity” of the religious traditions [whose teachings they appropriate] while at the same time separating [themselves] from any negative connotations associated with the religious in a modern secular context’.

The Ethics of Cultural Studies. London: Continuum. CHAPTER 2 Towards a Spiritually Engaged Cultural Studies How might cultural studies’ neglect of religion be investigated qua the politics of spirituality? Let me take John Frow’s reflections about his feelings of discomfort towards religion as a point of departure. Frow says: ‘Religion is an embarrassment to us; it’s an embarrassment to me, and above all because we Western intellectuals are so deeply committed to the secularization thesis which makes of religion an archaic remnant which ought by now to have withered away’ (1998: 207).

James, W. 2002. The Varieties of Religious Experience, Centenaryth ed. New York: Routledge. TOWARDS A SPIRITUALLY ENGAGED CULTURAL STUDIES 43 Jenkins, H. 1992. Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture. London: Routledge.  Barcan. 2006. Subtle Transformations: Imagining the Body in Alternative Health Practices. International Journal of Cultural Studies 9(1): 25–44. Jones, K. 2003. The New Social Face of Buddhism: A Call to Action. Somerville, MA: Wisdom Publications. Kraft, K.

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