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Zen Skin, Zen MarrowWill the Real Zen Buddhism Please Stand Up?$
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Steven Heine

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195326772

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326772.001.0001

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Epilogue: The Real Zen Buddhism

Epilogue: The Real Zen Buddhism

Engaged, Enraged, or Disengaged?

(p.155) Epilogue: The Real Zen Buddhism
Zen Skin, Zen Marrow

Steven Heine (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   antimonies, critical Buddhism, engaged, intolerance, repentance

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