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Zen Buddhist Perspectives on Modern Education - Zen Buddhist Perspectives on Modern Education ABSTRACT: Many articles and books on Buddhism have been published in recent years, but publications dealing with Buddhist educational views are rarely available. In this paper, I wish to expound on Zen Buddhist perspectives on modern education. The history of Buddhist education is long and complex. In early centuries (400 BCE- 800 CE), Buddhist monasteries in India and China functioned as educational centers where vinaya, sutras and other subjects were taught....   [tags: Educational Buddhist Zen Essays]
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Robert Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values Confronting crises of technological annihilation and personal madness, Robert Pirsig finds each to be a manifestation of a deeper crisis of Reason. In response) he suggests an alternative to our current paradigm of rationality, the "art of motorcycle maintenance." By showing that our understanding and performance derive from our emotional and evaluative commitments, he challenges the cultural commonplace which construes "subjective" states as distortions of "objective" reality....   [tags: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance]
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Robert Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance -   "I suppose if I were a novelist rather than a Chautauqua orator I'd try to 'develop' the characters of John and Sylvia and Chris with action-packed scenes that would also reveal 'inner meanings' of Zen and maybe Art and maybe even Motorcycle Maintenance. That would be quite a novel, but for some reason I don't feel quite up to it. They're friends, not characters, and as Sylvia herself once said, 'I don't like being an object!' So a lot of things we know about one another I'm simply not going into....   [tags: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Essays] 943 words
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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Reconciliation of Western and Eastern Philosophy - Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - The Reconciliation of Western and Eastern Philosophy The differences in Western and Eastern philosophy are marked. Eastern thinking has slowly become “discovered” by the West; meanwhile, the development of Western thought and philosophy has come under close scrutiny by modern and postmodern philosophers and thinkers as being flawed at its core. The German philosopher Martin Heidegger came to the conclusion that “Western philosophy is a great error” (Barrett xi)....   [tags: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance]
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Self-Discovery in Robert Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - He was a man in search of himself, a man not willing to follow the human race as it moved drearily on, a man who would not cease in his journey until he knew what truth and quality were. His expedition across American answered his inquiries. In actuality, he provided his own answers, solutions that would provide for the most important of all states: peace of mind. Such is the depth of discovery that a reader will find in Robert Pirsig's masterful innovation, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance....   [tags: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Essays] 981 words
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Enso Circle and Zen - The Enso, or Zen circle, is what I have chosen as the focus of this paper. In my Google search for the “perfect” example of the Enso circle I realized this symbol has been reproduced hundreds, if not thousands of times. At first I was asking myself how could I identify with such a “stock” symbol that has been reproduced so many times. Had I really become sort of low in my expectations of what I had hoped to get from this class. But while I was berating myself in the typical Roman Catholic fashion, I came to a realization about this piece of art....   [tags: Symbolism, Suffering] 535 words
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Zen Buddhism - Zen Buddhism was first introduced to China by a South- Indian man called Bodhidharma in around 520 CE. Bodhidharma, according to tradition, was a man so epic that he removed his own eyelids in order to win a staring contest with a rock wall (from his severed eyelids sprang tealeaves, and thus, the connection between Zen Buddhism and tea-drinking). The main teaching of Zen is that of zazen, or seated meditation, and that only through meditation and action, rather than cogitation, can one achieve enlightenment (Elwood, 127-132)....   [tags: Religion] 1209 words
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The Carnage and the Catastrophe: The Japanese Militarization of Zen - In the modern day, a general Westerner usually pictures Buddhism as an idyllic peaceful religion that is withdrawn from society, but like all other religions Buddhism is interconnected within its own society. Buddhism also like many other religions, has an element of violence within itself and within different sects. Zen Buddhism specifically developed into a very violent religion during World War II and the wars that preceded it. Brian Daizen Victoria focuses on the militarization of Zen within his two works, Zen War Stories and Zen at War....   [tags: modern japan, buddhism, war stories]
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The Zen Of Oz - Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, a Zen master. The Tin Man an enlightenment seeker. “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” a mantra. Joey Green’s, The Zen of Oz, is a witty, whimsical, and surprisingly insightful introduction to Eastern Philosophy via one of the world’s most beloved movies. It delivers universal truths in a charming, non-preachy, fashion allowing you to explore Dorothy’s yellow brick road, as well as your own. Along the way, you will discover original song lyrics, your favorite dialogue, all of the charming characters, and the amazing scenes from the motion picture, The Wizard of Oz, illustrated in a Japanese style....   [tags: essays research papers] 1268 words
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The Nature of Perceived Ultimacy in Zen Buddhism - This paper will explore the question of how to understand the nature of perceived ultimacy in Zen Buddhism. This will be achieved through providing a justification for why this question should be of any interest and then hypothesizing about possible implications of the results. Next, the framework that is to be used in categorizing the core beliefs in Zen will be explained and made clear. After this description is complete the author will proceed to fit Zen Buddhism into this framework and will demonstrate that the Zen religion is no exception to the employed framework....   [tags: Philosophy ]
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The Carnage and the Catastrophe: The Japanese Militarization of Zen - Throughout Buddhist scripture there is a great amount of articulation against violence. The Buddha actively speaks against violence, but at the same time Buddhism promotes the spread of the dharma. Within Zen at War Victoria highlights the Buddha’s words, “until all sentient beings are united together through the exercise of infinite compassion, there will never be peace” (29). This quote became incorporated into the Japanese military and the inevitable nature of war was molded into this normally peaceful message....   [tags: buddhists, violence, japanese military]
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Non-duality: Madhyamika, Yogacara, and Zen - Buddhism first developed in India by Siddhartha Gautama as a means to end suffering. Nirvana could ultimately be achieved with adherence to the Four Noble Truths and the middle way. The Mahayana tradition arose within Buddhist with different interpretations of Buddha’s teachings and new ideals. It emphasized the role of the bodhisattva and the bodhisattva path as the means to attain enlightenment, or Buddhahood. The nature of the Buddha is no longer equivalent to that of the arhant, rather, he is beyond the level of the arhant; he is a transcended being....   [tags: Religion, Buddhism, Anatman] 1797 words
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Zen and the Art of William Shakespeare - Zen and the Art of Shakespeare         Like all Buddhism, Zen is a means by which one can achieve Buddha-consciousness, or in effect "total-consciousness." "Total-consciousness" means being aware of the true self and its role in regard to the infinite cosmos of all existence. This awareness allows one insight into or perhaps understanding of the Tao, the essential singularity to which all things belong. Understanding the Tao, for Taoists and Zen Buddhists alike, is the equivalent of Nirvana, loosely described as the utmost fulfillment of one’s existence....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Following in the Ways of Zen Buddhism - Following in the Ways of Zen Buddhism I fell in love with the first Buddhist I ever met. That is to say I fell in love with a man who is a Buddhist. I, however, am not a Buddhist. I have faith in what I find to be right rather than committing to a religion that I would not wholeheartedly believe in. It would seem that a difference in our spiritual practices may be a strain on our relationship, but in truth our faith lies in similar areas. The biggest difference between us is that I lack the knowledge and self discipline to be a practicing Buddhist....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Zen - Zen Suzuki was obsessed with proving Buddhism as a unified tradition to be scientific and in accordance with modern, universal culture. He calls it "rational" and "positivistic" (1959a, x) and "radical empericism" (1974, 2). "Buddhism is reality, reality is Buddhism" (1970D, 7), it is an "ultimate fact of all philosophy and religion" (1956, 111). Like his Victorian predecessors, he rejected all ritualistic activity as merely symbolic (or as a spiritual gestus towards the unenlightened folk believers)....   [tags: Papers] 1117 words
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Zen in the Art of Archery - Zen in the Art of Archery, by Eugen Herrigel describes the ritualistic arts of discipline and focus that the Zen religion focuses around. In this book, Herrigel describes many aspects of how archery is, in fact, not a sport, but an art form, and is very spiritual to those in the east. The process he describes shows how he overcame his initial inhibitions and began to look toward new ways of seeing and understanding. In the beginning of the book Herrigel tells us that he is writing about a ritual and religious practice, “whose aim consists in hitting a spiritual goal, so that fundamentally the marksman aims at himself and may even succeed in hitting himself.” (Herrigel p....   [tags: essays research papers] 870 words
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An Account on Zen Buddhism and Contemporary Western Society - In order to explain emptiness one must understand the principle of living in the moment, “rather than postponing life to some moment in the future”, Zen is practiced through the present moment, and what one derives from those experiences (Koller, 282). Dogen states that an individual must “Put [ones] whole mind into the practice of the Way. [Remembering] that [one] [is] only alive today in [the] moment”, which emphasizes the concept of oneness between experience and intellect (Koller, 282). One should not hinge on the past, or blindly dwell in the future; this will ultimately cause suffering to arise....   [tags: phylosophy, religion, emptiness]
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The Meanings and Concepts of Quality in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert Pirsig is an author who focuses on philosophical works, his most prominent being Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. In this book, Pirsig writes about himself, his multiple personalities, and his son, Chris. The foundation of this book is his relationship with Chris and how he hopes to repair any damages between them. In his book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig explores the meaning and concepts of Quality through the use of chautauquas and various literary techniques....   [tags: Robert Pirsig ]
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Zen and the Beat Way - Zen and the Beat Way by Alan Watts Is set in the late fifties and sixties. Its author reminds me of a pre- hippie. He was a former Episcopal priest who left his home in England and his religion for California and Zen Buddhism. He was against the culture of the time. His seems his thoughts of eastern religion were a bit of center. He was humorous at times and definitely was against the rat race and opted for one to have more fun. The book is basically about several radio lectures from the radio series Way beyond the west....   [tags: Book Reviews] 343 words
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Zen and the Enlightened Mind - Zen and the Enlightened Mind "I have forgotten everything. I don't remember a single word"(Masunaga 36). This is the mind of one who seeks the Way. In A Primer of Soto[JS1] Zen Dogen explains the Way of the Buddha and stresses the importance of "sitting in meditation" or zazen as a means of reaching the manifestation of wholeness. The manifestation of wholeness is a state in which one abandons both mind and body and empties oneself of ignorance, delusions, and dualistic modes of thinking. One who is free from dualistic modes of being enters a world in which both subject and object exist....   [tags: Philosophy Religion Essays]
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Zen - Zen In all that we learn, finding peace in all the hurt and happiness, tears and laughter, and ups and downs is not an easy thing. Finding the inspiration to accomplish the things that will make us feel like fulfilled human beings is not an simple task. Like a wise person once said "Why is it that the deeper you go, the bigger it gets?" What drives great men to do great things. What drives evil men to do evil things. How can I find the courage inside me to accomplish all that I want to do, much less, figure out what I want to do....   [tags: Papers] 628 words
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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Told by the blurb that we have here "one of the most unique and exciting books in the history of American letters," one bridles both at the grammar of the claim and at its routine excess. The grammar stays irreparable. But I have a hunch that the assertion itself is valid. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values, by Robert M. Pirsig (Morrow), is as willfully awkward as its title. It is densely put together. It lurches, with a deliberate shift of its grave ballast, between fiction and philosophic discourse, between a private memoir and the formulaic impersonality of an engineering or trade journal....   [tags: Philosophy Religion Essays] 1751 words
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Zen Buddhism and Bart Simpson? - Zen Buddhism and Bart Simpson. Professor’s comment: The following essay is only one of a series of mind-bending ones that Rob wrote for my class, essays that demonstrated not just a quirky sense of humor but also a razor-sharp intellect and distinctive voice. This particular essay was written in response to an assignment asking students to explain a concept. From the first line of this essay, I knew I was on to something special: how many people would choose to explain an element of Zen Buddhism using Bart Simpson....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]
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Zen Buddhisim and Japan - Zen Buddhism and Japan Japan and the development of Zen Buddhism went hand in hand towards the beginning of the sixth century. Buddhism was in full bloom in India and the Chinese were adapting it to there Lifestyle when several Japanese clans began picking it up. Zen Buddhism Zen Buddhism is a combination of Indian and Chinese thought process revolving around the world as it is and the discipline of finding enlightenment. The idea of enlightenment or Satori as the Japanese called it was the central point of Buddhism The Chinese had several ways of looking at the things that were contradicted by Indian lifestyles and thus you have the creation of Zen Buddhism....   [tags: essays research papers] 1849 words
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Windows 7 Migration and Zen Replacement Project Wave - Windows 7 Migration and Zen Replacement Project Wave Hello everyone, I decided to modify this wave to focus on the Windows 7 migration. Let's test this platform out as a collaboration tool and see where it takes us. The Windows 7 migration is an extremly complex and far reaching project and I hope Wave within our Apps domain will allow us some cutting edge tools to communicate. First of all, I will outline my vision for our desktop enviornment and give updates on where we stand with our next generation infrastructure....   [tags: Business Management] 1948 words
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Zen Buddhism - Zen Buddhism No other figure in history has played a bigger part in opening the West to Buddhism than the eminent Zen author, D.T. Suzuki. One of the world's leading authorities on Zen Buddhism, Suzuki authored more than a hundred popular and scholarly works on the subject. A brilliant and intuitive scholar, Dr. Suzuki communicated his insights in a lucid and energetic fashion. Diasetz Teitaro Suzuki was born in Japan in 1870, received his philosophical training as a Buddhist disciple at the great Zen monastery at Kamakura, and was a distinguished professor of Buddhist philosophy at Otani University, in Kyoto, Japan....   [tags: Papers] 1183 words
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Zen Gardens - Zen Gardens Zen Buddhism began to show up in Japan during the eighth century. It went through various periods of popularity and disregard, but constituted one of the most important influences on Japanese culture. All Buddhist temples include gardens. The first temple gardens evolved from well-groomed landscaping around Shinto shrines. Later, the gates and grounds surrounding Buddhist temples began to use gardens to beautify the temple, similar to the Heian mansion gardens....   [tags: Papers] 1501 words
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Zen Tradition - Zen Tradition The forefather of Madhyamika Buddhism was Nagarjuna. T.P. Kasulis writes in his book, Zen Action, Zen Person that Nagarjuna was a predecessor to the development of Zen Buddhism. Nagarjuna is regarded though as a patriarch of the Zen tradition. He was the affecting principle to demonstrate logically the "emptiness", or rather sunyata of philosophical distinctions. Kasulis also explores Nagarjuna's "Logic of Emptiness." The Buddhist claimed that "to be concerned with speculative questions is like being concerned with the origin of a poisoned arrow while it is still in one's flesh, contaminating the bloodstream." Kasulis writes that a conflicting group supposed that nothi...   [tags: Papers] 1022 words
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Zen Buddhism - Ch’an and Zen Buddhism Throughout the early years in many East Asian countries, there were many people who were looking for answers to this world’s, and otherworldly, questions. When Gotama became enlightened, and began preaching the practices of Buddhism, it came at such a time when the Han dynasty was collapsing, citizens were tired of Confucianism and looking for a new ideology that they could put there hearts and souls into. Over the years, Buddhism proved to be much more than just a religion; it became a way of life....   [tags: essays research papers] 1937 words
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Translations from Hanshan, a Legendary Figure from the Chinese Tang Period - Hanshan, a legendary figure from the Chinese Tang period, is attributed with a collection of poems which are among the fines expression of Zen Buddhism, often remarking on life's short and transient nature, and the necessity of meditation as means to enlightenment. Today, there are many variations of translations of the collection of poems, some of which may be similar or different to Hanshan’s view of enlightenment. Not only does the variety of translations give different meaning to the poetry, but it also shapes different images of Hanshan, which in turn affects the reader’s experience of the poetry....   [tags: poetry, translation, zen]
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History of Tea in Japan and the Japanese Tea Ceremony - According to Brown, tea is classified among the most significant non-alcoholic beverage across the globe. It has gained fame as a result of its benefits. Tea is an inclusive aspect of the daily life of the Japanese individual attributable to its ceremonial and ritual characteristics. It has been treated as a cultural beverage and consumed in a refined atmosphere. Tea drinking in Japan has undergone refinement under the support of the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa. He was the regarded as the first ruler-patron of the tea ceremony....   [tags: Zen Buddhists, Tranquility]
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Zen and the Transcendent Art Of Mowing Grass - Zen and the Transcendent Art Of Mowing Grass As a youth, I hated to mow so much that one day I left our push-mower in the yard to rust and became an expatriated Texas writer. My first story was about an alien being who, in the end, turned out to be a lawnmower. By the time I came home again, I had spent so much time in the East that my Texas friends expected me to move into a highrise in downtown Dallas. But instead we settled sixteen miles to the south, in Cedar Hill. We surprised everyone by buying a place with an eight-acre yard....   [tags: Example Personal Narratives] 1149 words
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The Relationship Between Zen, the Karesansui, and Music: Ryōan-ji, a Case Study - Ryōan-ji is a Zen monastery in Kyoto, Japan, founded by Hosokawa Katsumodo in 1450. It is particularly famous due to its extant karesansui, or dry landscape garden. This is said to be added by Hosokawa Masamoto in 1488 during reconstruction of the monastery (Brinker 80).The karesansui was used for the basic purpose of meditation by Zen monks. (expand) John Cage was a composer who lived from 1912-1992. He is famous for minimalist works that frequently explore different aspects of rhythm. In 1983, he started writing “Ryoanji,” named after Ryōan-ji in Kyoto....   [tags: Japanese culture, history]
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Quality Control: Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig - There exists one word that may just be the king of all misused words–the word that, more than any other, is used with complete disregard for and disinterest in its meaning. No, this is not a reference to literally, nor ‘legit,’ however deserving those words are of defense—this word is Quality. Some of the misuse lies in the basic distinction between quality and Quality with a capital ‘Q’, which can be cleared up quite succinctly. Little ‘q’ quality is attached to an object. It is the value of the object from a sum total of the value of the work that was put into it and of its composition....   [tags: attain quality, high quality products] 1027 words
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Zen Buddhist Philosophy in Japanese Death Poems - Zen Philosophy in Japanese Death Poems: Dealing With Death Each and every culture follows a certain set of distinct practices that are distinct and specific to each individual culture. The common Western perception of Japan's ambiguous practices stems from the extreme difference in views correlated with the widespread lack of knowledge concerning the ancient culture steeped in tradition. Japan's widely Buddhist population is known for their calm acceptance of death as a part of life. One particular, perplexing cultural practice is the tradition of writing jisei, or "death poetry" when on the verge of death....   [tags: World Literature] 810 words
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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: Gateway to the Great Minds - Peace of mind isn't at all superficial, really, I expound. It's the whole thing. That which produces it is good Maintenance; that which disturbs it is poor maintenance. What we call workability of the machine is just an objectification of this peace of mind. The ultimate test is always your own serenity. If you don't have this when you start and maintain it while your working, you're likely to build your personal problems right into the machine itself. (Pirsig 146) Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, from which this quote is taken, is a complex story written by Robert Pirsig about a narrator's inquiry into the past intellectual and personal life of the man he once was...   [tags: Philosophy Religion Essays] 1518 words
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Product Review: The Creative Zen X-Fi 16 GB Video MP3 Player with Wireless LAN and Built-In Speaker - Technology is developing day by day and we can see the advancement too. The Creative Zen X-Fi 16 GB Video MP3 Player with Wireless LAN and Built-In Speaker (Black/Silver) is one of the best gadgets you can use for listening music. It has an inbuilt wireless LAN system which can be connected for accessing internet. Well no one guessed that we would be accessing internet on the mp3 player. It has other features too which work perfect and ensure you get different playback options. Technical specifications  Capacity: 16 GB  Size: 3.3 x 2.2 x 0.5 inches (W x H x D)  Weight: 2.4 ounces  LCD: 2.5-inch TFT 16.7 million color LCD; 320 x 240 resolution  Storage Capacity: 16 GB (4,000 songs, 60 ho...   [tags: Product Review ] 579 words
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Consilience, by Wilson, Life is a Miracle by Berry and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Pirsig - The Philosophy of Science in Consilience, by E. O. Wilson, Life is a Miracle by Wendell Berry and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig Introduction The plot where the fields of science, ethics and religion intersect is fertile for study, and the crops it yields often represent the finest harvest of an individualís mind. In our time, modern philosophers of science have tilled this soil and reaped widely differing and important conclusions about the nature of humankind, its relationship to the natural world and the role that science should take in the discernment process....   [tags: Philosophy Term Research Papers]
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The Zen of Fight Club - ... This is Marla Singer. She too goes to the support groups when there is truly nothing wrong with her, at least nothing that has to do with the support groups. Singer is a mirror of the protagonist’s lie, and so he can no longer cry at the groups knowing that she is there, and his insomnia, his suffering comes back. The main character’s job is to fly around the country looking at car accidents evaluating them to see if the car company he works for needs to do a recall. As he flies all over, there is another subtle nod to rebirth, “If you wake up in a different city at a different time could you wake up someone as someone else.” (Fincher) It is here he meets Tyler Durden....   [tags: connections with Buddhism, film analysis]
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The Ultimate Zen - The one problem with something being lost is the feeling one has for the object once it is gone. That felling of need and longing just creates pain. One could get rid of pain and loss if one could detach one’s self from these tokens. All emotional pain and suffering could be obliterated if one could think of all things, even people, as just things that come and go. This is not an excuse not to care about anybody. It is just a way not to wreck one’s life after something important has left. Sometimes, when a family member or spouse dies, people mourn for an unhealthy amount of time....   [tags: essays research papers] 616 words
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Zen Buddhism In Japan - Art would not usually dare comment on life's ugliness that is all over the world when people are not ready to accept it; it is much more safe to comment on the beauty instead. In fact, being shattered by the loss of a child is not a subject usually addressed by this medium, but Bergman does confront the issue of postpartum depression in Persona. The inner struggles of two very different, yet strikingly similar women erupt in Persona. Elizabeth's withdrawal from society does not protect her from the pain she is feeling over her loss....   [tags: Religion Buddhism] 1673 words
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Holistics Ways of Bringing Patience Relief Using Alternative Medicine - There are many ways to treat different illnesses in western medicine, but there are even more when we look into complementary alternative medicine. As nurses, we can help our patients achieve the balance of mind-body-spirit through alternative holistic interventions. Our main focus as nurses should be to heal our patients as a whole and not just the body how western medicine looks at patients. The purpose of this paper is to discuss holistic ways of bringing our patients relief using alternative medicine....   [tags: passionflower, zen yoga, anxiety]
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Japanese Sand Gardens - Japanese sand garden is also often known as Zen garden influenced by the Zen Buddhism, generally found in the Zen Temples for the purpose of meditation. The sand Japanese gardens are generally enclosed by walls, so that the visitors may not distract by the far away views. These Zen gardens are basically for meditation, where only stones, sand and gravels are used with a very limited number of plants. Water feature is represented by the skillful utilization of gravels, sand or mowed turf and sometimes bold rocks....   [tags: Gardening ] 522 words
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Japanese Garden Features - In earlier age, the specific features of Japanese garden have large and different influence during the historical periods. Most of people think that typical Japanese garden did not existed, as all the gardens differ largely from each other. You can say that a particular style of Japanese garden did not exist because the gardens were different from each other. Japanese gardens were open to every one and seldom. The Japanese gardens were build to meet the private needs and sometimes around the temples for a suitable environment for worship....   [tags: Gardening] 523 words
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An Essay on Chan - An Essay Answering Questions From the Assigned Text by Faure This essay will attempt to answer questions coming from the Bernard Faure text assigned in class. The questions are as follows: How does Hu Shih’s approach to Chan differ from D.T. Suzuki’s. Why was the scholarship of the Japanese on Zen not objective. What does Faure mean by the teleological fallacy. What does he mean by the two alternative approaches he suggests: structural analysis and hermeneutics. How does Hu Shih’s approach to Chan differ form D.T....   [tags: essays research papers] 827 words
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The History of the Psychedelic Movement - The History of the Psychedelic Movement In an attempt to synthesize my own personal academic area of interest, that is: the history of the psychedelic movement in twentieth century America, with the content of the Asian Religions course, I have elected to study the relationship between the influx of Buddhist philosophy and the psychedelic counter-culture movement of the 1960’s and 1970’s. The subject, although highly specific, has nonetheless generated intellectual interest substantial enough to warrant a sub-field of study, in terms of Buddhist/American History examination....   [tags: Psychedelic Movement Buddhism Religion Essays]
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Phil Jackson: A Spiritual Basketball Leader - Phil Jackson is a well-known man in the basketball world, as a championship coach and leader. Not only for his knowledge of basketball was he considered great, it was also for his use of alternative spiritual methods to assist his coaching. Through his Naturalist and Pantheist worldview he left a legacy of a role model. Phil Jackson’s views about the nature of God, career, and family are ultimately shaped by his worldview of Naturalism and Pantheism. Comparing my worldview of Christianity to Phil Jackson’s nature of God, career, and family, we will determine whether the role model status is relevant to how I perceived a role model....   [tags: Phil Jackson, Coach]
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Buddhism and Hinduism in America - Buddhism and Hinduism in America The Unites States is home to the most diverse spectrum of religions in the world. There are representations of nearly every religion in the world. There are three basic ways religions arrive in the US: import, export, and baggage. Buddhism and Hinduism are two Asian religions that have made it across the Pacific Ocean and now exist along side many others in America. ISKCON, a form of Hinduism, and Zen, a form of Buddhism, are two such groups. All Indian movements have always had a charismatic leader associated with them....   [tags: Papers] 909 words
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Writing as a Tool to Enlightenment in Invitation to a Beheading - Writing as a Tool to Enlightenment in Invitation to a Beheading Vladimir Nabokov’s Invitation to a Beheading concerns a man struggling for enlightenment against a society that demands its citizens question none of the absurdities that rule their world. In this restrictive environment, where a person can be killed for having depth--for being “opaque”--Cincinnatus uses writing to help him obtain enlightenment. First, Cincinnatus writes to preserve “a record of verified thoughts” (Nabokov 51). He wants to give hope to those who, like him, may be persecuted and alone....   [tags: Invitation to a Beheading Essays]
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