• Title: The Supreme Doctrine
  • Author: Hubert Benoît
  • ISBN: 9781898723141
  • Page: 444
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Supreme Doctrine A new translation of The Supreme Doctrine forms part of an exciting new publication The Light of Zen in the West
    A new translation of The Supreme Doctrine forms part of an exciting new publication, The Light of Zen in the West

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    1. This book is absolutely amazing, but extremely hard to get through. It's almost as difficult as reading Nietzsche. Benoit is explaining in "occidental" terms to "occidental thinkers" what is meant by Zen literature when it asserts that "From the beginning nothing was" or "Attention, that is the whole of the teaching." He says that these things ARE explainable, and he does a very good job of doing so. So like the Taliban think of time in decades and not minutes, hours, and days, and the American [...]

    2. To my mind, The Supreme Doctrine does exactly what it wants to warn against: it never escapes the trap of 'trying to transcend thinking by thinking.'What it does do, is explain the basics of Zen thought, and it does that in a very French, as in extremely wordy, way - but it does it well. All in all though, it embodies something different to me: it embodies the analytical way, a position outside of things, looking from a distance, but still trying to figure out how things work from the inside. Th [...]

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