The Bodymind Experience in Japanese Buddhism
A Phenomenological Study of Kūkai and Dōgen
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In a pioneering study, David Shaner uses the resources of phenomenology to penetrate Buddhist philosophy in terms of Kukai and Dogen. In addition to this original and rigorous methodology, his work offers insights into some fundamental difficulties intrinsic to comparative studies. The problem of the relation between body and mind is a prime example. Shaner's observations shed a brilliant light on these traditional antinomies as they may be resolved or, more accurately, dissolved when seen in their appropriate contexts. In addressing these issues, the study also contributes to the understanding of common features that underlie the various doctrines of Japanese Buddhism.
This work will appeal to both East and West phenomenologists, philosophers interested in the mind-body problem, scholars of comparative philosophy, and students of Japanese philosophy and religion.
David Edward Shaner is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Furman University. He is currently an Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellow in the Humanities at Harvard University, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilization. Doctor Shaner is the Editor of the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy Forum.