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Pointing at the MoonBuddhism, Logic, Analytic Philosophy$
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Jay L. Garfield, Tom J. F. Tillemans, and Mario D'Amato

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195381559

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195381559.001.0001

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Zen and the Unsayable

Zen and the Unsayable

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(p.3) 1 Zen and the Unsayable
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Pointing at the Moon
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Chris Mortensen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195381559.003.0001

This chapter explores the limits of the sayable in the context of Zen stories, arguing that the very fact that Zen addresses our mode of prereflective engagement with the world—a mode of engagement that is in important ways precognitive—means that much of what Zen has to teach us must be shown, and not said. This language, of course, is redolent of the Tractatus.

Keywords:   Zen stories, Buddhism, conventional truth, ultimate truth, prereflective engagement

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