A Series of (Un)fortunate Social Events
The third topic dealt with in Chapter Four, societal harmony versus discrimination, is the most hotly contested area between the traditional and critical Zen standpoints. It involves the impact of Zen, which espouses peace and tolerance, on a variety of social issues, including class and gender discrimination as well as nationalism and imperialism in Japan. The chapter traces the roots of antinomianism, and of how this tendency has led to apparently compromised values and a static sense of status quo‐ism in the context of the ethical concerns of modern society to a lack of regard in Zen practice for the role of confessionals. It also discusses the possibility for recapturing a genuine sense of repentance, and of what is referred to in modern Japan as self‐criticism in the Zen outlook.
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