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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Journal of Buddhist Ethics

Interesting book review of "The Heart of Being: Moral and Ethical Teachings of Zen Buddhism"

It is particularly welcome in adopting what might be described as a 'second generation' perspective on Zen ethics which eschews the views of an earlier generation of writers such as Alan Watts and D.T.Suzuki that Zen is amoral and beyond morality. As the author rightly states, 'Although they made it sound right, both were implicitly dead wrong. Zen is not amoral. It is a practice that takes place within a very definite, clear context that is most definitely moral and ethical'


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