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01-08-2011, 11:21 PM


Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values





Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals



Subjects, Objects, Data and Values







solomon levi
01-09-2011, 12:04 PM
Thanks for this!
The static and dynamic quality, patterned and unpatterned, brings to mind our Spiritus Mundi, determined and Universal/undetermined.

01-09-2011, 04:02 PM
Thanks for this!
The static and dynamic quality, patterned and unpatterned, brings to mind our Spiritus Mundi, determined and Universal/undetermined.

And thank you [and others here who, either directly or indirectly, do the same] for helping me to integrate the conceptual languages I am more familiar with to that of Hermeticism/Alchemy.

I have a special regard for these books because when I first read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance [age 19], I was all primed to go through an existential crisis [in the positive sense] and proceeded to do so, gradually, in tandom with the author's own story leading to "the bottom dropping out of the lacquer bucket." So I had my first wonderful-yet-terrifying break from my programming triggered by reading the author's experience. Not saying that, in my case, this resulted in what any Zen master would call "enlightenment" per se [and I understand the problematic/paradoxical nature of that term as per your recent ecellent posts on the subject]. Just an experience.

And, aside from that, both books are brilliant and, although they may not be perfect in all respects, I feel they help open up an important vista and provide valuable conceptual tools.

Another excellent book: "Philosophical Meditations on Zen Buddhism" by Dale S. Wright: http://www.amazon.com/Philosophical-Meditations-Cambridge-Religious-Traditions/dp/0521789842/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1294593606&sr=1-1

"The book challenges romantic and historicist conceptions of Zen which hold to something like a universial "spirit" or experience which transcends historic time and location. And it challenges the disembodied "objective" analysis of scientific approaches which set upon "facts" and "historical data" as though they can be simply "read" without reflection on the frames of interpretation of the observer. Instead Wright exposes the reader to an important dimension of reflexivity which comes with a post-modern sensibility. Zen emerges the wiser, without a romantic and naive sense of transcendence and a firmer understanding of importance of understanding the historical context of Zen writing. We are also reminded of how our own modern context colours how we make sense of Zen as well as nonsense of it." [Excerpt from an amazon.com review]