Epilogue: The Real Zen Buddhism
Engaged, Enraged, or Disengaged?
The concluding chapter or epilogue sums up the previous arguments and explores ways of trying to break through the sets of polarized antimonies, so that the traditional and critical Zen positions can be reinvigorated in light—rather than by suppression—of their differences. In considering recent movements such as Critical Buddhism, which criticizes Zen for not fulfilling its role in modern society, and Engaged Buddhism, which advocates Zen as a remedy for the contemporary world, the conclusion reflects on debates between defenders and detractors about whether Zen can and should be engaged or cannot help but be disengaged from social issues. It explores the extent to which Zen allows, or causes, a sense of being enraged by instances of injustice and intolerance by retrieving repentance as a means to create reform.
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