They include Daoist and Legalist writings, but the main focus is on what Merton calls the “Four Confucian classics,” including the Great Learning, the Mean, and Mencius, along with the Analects of Confucius. Merton's section also ...
Author: Wm. Theodore de Bary
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Having spent decades teaching and researching the humanities, Wm. Theodore de Bary is well positioned to speak on its merits and reform. Believing a classical liberal education is more necessary than ever, he outlines in these essays a plan to update existing core curricula by incorporating classics from both Eastern and Western traditions, thereby bringing the philosophy and moral values of Asian civilizations to American students and vice versa. The author establishes a concrete link between teaching the classics of world civilizations and furthering global humanism. Selecting texts that share many of the same values and educational purposes, he joins Islamic, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, and Western sources into a revised curriculum that privileges humanity and civility. He also explores the tradition of education in China and its reflection of Confucian and Neo-Confucian beliefs. He reflects on historyÕs great scholar-teachers and what their methods can teach us today, and he dedicates three essays to the power of The Analects of Confucius, The Tale of Genji, and The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon in the classroom.
make positive use of their cultural resources to attain the ideal society envisioned in Confucianism? Thomas Merton, a Christian monk, shows us such potential in Confucianism. For Merton the Confucian vision of reality is 'contemplative ...
Author: Kyong Ju Kim
The Development of Modern South Korea provides a comprehensive analysis of South Korean modernization by examining the dimensions of state formation, capitalist development and nationalism. Taking a comparative and interdisciplinary approach this book highlights the most characteristic features of South Korean modernity in relation to its historical conditions, institution traditions and cultural values paying particular attention to Korean's pre-modern civilization.
Whereas Lao Tzu's ideal is the uncut block before the sculptor begins carving it, Confucius considers how to shape ... Wm. Theodore de Bary, “Thomas Merton, Matteo Ricci, and Confucianism,” The Great Conversation: Education for a World ...
Author: William Franke
Publisher: State University of New York Press
An encounter between Franke’s philosophy of the unsayable and Eastern apophatic wisdom in the domains of poetry, thought, and culture. In Apophatic Paths from Europe to China, William Franke brings his original philosophy of the unsayable, previously developed from Western sources such as ancient Neoplatonism, medieval mysticism, and postmodern negative theology, into dialogue with Eastern traditions of thought. In particular, he compares the Daoist Way of Chinese wisdom with Western apophatic thought that likewise pivots on recognizing the nonexistent, the unthinkable, and the unsayable. Leveraging François Jullien’s exegesis of the Chinese classics’ challenge to rethink the very basis of life and consciousness, Franke proposes negative theology as an analogue to the Chinese model of thought, which has long been recognized for its special attunement to silence at the limits of language. Crucial to Franke’s agenda is the endeavor to discern and renew the claim of universality, rethought and reconfigured within the predicament of philosophy today considered specifically as a cultural or, more exactly, intercultural predicament. William Franke is Professor of Comparative Literature at Vanderbilt University and the author of many books, including A Philosophy of the Unsayable.
According to Merton, Hui Neng, the great Sixth Patriarch of Ch'an (禪) Buddhism, taught that “the Zen discipline ... The Japanese term “Zen” comes from Chinese Ch'an, a fusion of Mahayana Buddhism with Taoism and Confucianism that is ...
Author: Jaechan Anselmo Park
Publisher: Liturgical Press
Thomas Merton recognized the value and possibility of contemplative dialogue between monastics and contemplatives of other religious traditions and hoped that, through such dialogue, monastics would strive for ‘inter-monastic communion’ and a bonding of the broader ‘spiritual family.’ He held out hope that this bond would demonstrate the fundamental unity of humanity to a world that was becoming ever more materialistic and divided. Among other themes and topics, this book explores Thomas Merton’s role as a pioneer of Buddhist-Christian dialogue and monastic interreligious dialogue. It delves into the process of Merton’s self-transformation through contemplative experiences, explores his encounter with Zen and Tibetan Buddhists and his pioneering engagements in Buddhist-Christian dialogue, and presents and responds to the criticisms of those who raise questions about Merton’s understanding of Buddhism. Fr. Jaechan Anselmo Park, OSB, articulates and analyzes the influences of Buddhist theory and practice on Thomas Merton’s contemplative spirituality and shows how Merton’s legacy has influenced and continues to inspire interreligious and inter-monastic dialogue, particularly in an Asian monastic context.
And so Merton turned to Zen as a way of thwarting dualistic thinking . Zen did not engage in Hegelian turns of ... Confucius , decided to leave his master to enter politics and save a state that was being destroyed by a corrupt king .
Author: Robert Inchausti
Publisher: SUNY Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Thomas Merton was one of the most significant American spiritual writers of the twentieth century. His autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain, published shortly after the Second World War, inspired an entire generation to reconsider the materialist preoccupations of consumer society. Twenty years later, his essays on nonviolence, contemplation, and Zen provided the most telling orthodox religious response to the New Left's radical critique of post-industrial society. In Thomas Merton's American Prophecy, Robert Inchausti provides a succinct summary and original interpretation of Merton's contribution to American thought. More than just a critical biography, this book lifts Merton out of the isolation of his monastic sub-culture and brings him back into dialogue with contemporary secular thinkers. In the process, it reopens one of the roads not taken at that fateful, cultural crossroads called "The Sixties". Inchausti presents Merton not as the spokesman for any particular group, cause, or idea, but rather as the quintessential American outsider who defined himself in opposition to the world, then discovered a way back into dialogue with that world and compassion for it. As a result, Merton was the harbinger of a still yet to be realized eschatological counter-culture: the unacknowledged precursor, alternative, and heir to Norman O. Brown's defense of mystery in the life of the mind.
3, The Sacred Books of China: The Texts of Confucianism, Part I—The Shu King, The Religious Portions of the Shih King, The Hsiāo King. ... Reprinted as “Wisdom in Emptiness: A Dialogue by Daisetz T. Suzuki and Thomas Merton.
Author: Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki was a key figure in the introduction of Buddhism to the non-Asian world. Many outside Japan encountered Buddhism for the first time through his writings and teaching, and for nearly a century his work and legacy have contributed to the ongoing religious and cultural interchange between Japan and the rest of the world, particularly the United States and Europe. This third volume of Selected Works of D. T. Suzuki brings together a diverse collection of Suzuki’s letters, essays, and lectures about non-Buddhist religions and his thoughts on their relation to Buddhism, as well as his reflections on the nature of religion itself. Some of these writings have been translated into English for the first time in this volume. As a long-term resident of the United States, a world traveler, and a voracious consumer of information about all forms of religion, Suzuki was one of the foremost Japanese mediators of Eastern and Western religious cultures for nearly seven decades. An introduction by Jeff Wilson and Tomoe Moriya analyzes Suzuki’s frequent encounters with texts and practitioners of many religions, considers how events in Suzuki’s lifetime affected his interpretations of Christianity, Shinto, and other traditions, and demonstrates that his legacy as a scholar extends well beyond Buddhism.
This eighth volume of the acclaimed Fons Vitae Thomas Merton Series is a compendium of all relevant material for a thorough consideration of Merton's knowledge and appreciation of the Confucian tradition.
Author: Patrick F. O'Connell
Category: Christianity and other religions
This eighth volume of the acclaimed Fons Vitae Thomas Merton Series is a compendium of all relevant material for a thorough consideration of Merton's knowledge and appreciation of the Confucian tradition. The first of its two sections provides extensively annotated versions of the three distinct resources for investigating Merton's engagement with Confucianism in the context of his wider studies of East Asian spiritual traditions: his correspondence with Chinese-American scholar Paul Sih; his extensive notes on Confucian and related material; and transcriptions of the five conferences given to young prospective monks on the pertinence of Confucian wisdom to their own spiritual development. Part two gathers together five previously published studies exploring Merton's interest in Confucian and (in one case) related Chinese traditions that provide various perspectives on Merton's engagement with what he calls "Classic Chinese Thought." It is hoped that making these materials on Confucianism much more readily accessible will stimulate and encourage further research and publication on this fascinating but hitherto somewhat neglected aspect of his interreligious thought.
In his youth merton was first attracted to Hinduism and then his studies took him to other Asian religions, including Islam. But as a monk he was interested most in Buddhism (Zen and Tibetan), alongside Taoism and Confucianism. merton ...
Author: Fabrice Blee
Publisher: Liturgical Press
Over the course of its history the Christian monastic tradition has developed a desert spirituality" of solitude, silence, and self-knowledge that fosters openness to the divine presence and its transformative power. Today the divine presence is manifesting itself anew in the "desert of otherness," that sacred space in which we encounter the other as one whose difference, even of religion and spirituality, can enrich us, rather than as one who must be drawn to and converted to our own "truth." The encounter of Christians with other believers will increasingly become a place of hardship and testing that leads to union with the divine. This "third monastic desert" is, in reality, the nucleus of the Kingdom that is coming into being, where communication becomes communion. Such has been the experience of monastic men and women - Buddhists, Hindus, and Christians - who have engaged in dialogue. Having discovered an unanticipated bond between dialogue and silence, openness to the other and interiority, Christian monks invite the whole Church to join them on this journey into the desert of otherness. Fabrice Blee was born in epernay, France. He is a full professor on the faculty of theology of Saint Paul University, Ottawa, where he teaches in the areas of interreligious dialogue and Christian spirituality. He is also the director of a series on Spiritualties in Dialogue (MediasPaul); a member of the editorial board of Dilatato Corde, the online journal of Monastic Interreligious Dialogue; and an advisor to the board of directors of the North American commission of Monastic Interreligious Dialogue. "
10 Thomas Merton in the introduction to his book The Way of Chuang Tzu discusses the links between Taoism and Confucianism . Merton says of the Confucian notion of li : " Li is something more than exterior and ritual correctness : it is ...
Author: Richard H. Bell
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Simone Weil (1909-1943), a French philosopher of Jewish origin, is regarded by commentators as a classic example of the "self-hating Jew" and an inheritor of many religious traditions, belonging to none specifically. Ch. 9 (pp. 165-189), "Simone Weil, Post-Holocaust Judaism, and the Way of Compassion, " contends that Weil's Jewish background influenced her thought. As a victim of anti-Jewish laws, she believed in God even when He was silent and hid His countenance from humanity. Had Weil survived the war, her reaction to the Holocaust might have been consonant with that of the fictional Yossel Rakover, the hero of Zvi Kolitz's short story.
As I hope to bring out , Merton was able to see in Confucianism a dimension much overlooked until very recent decades . His essay , “ Classic Chinese Humanism , ” in Mystics and Zen Masters , along with my father's * work on Confucius ...