On Buddhism

On Buddhism

Keiji Nishitani Seisaku Yamamoto Robert E. Carter Jan Van Bragt / Oct 21, 2019

On Buddhism Six lectures by eminent Buddhist thinker Keiji Nishitani reflecting on Buddhism for the modern world On Buddhism presents the first English language translation of a series of lectures by Keiji Nishit

  • Title: On Buddhism
  • Author: Keiji Nishitani Seisaku Yamamoto Robert E. Carter Jan Van Bragt
  • ISBN: 9780791467862
  • Page: 437
  • Format: Paperback
  • Six lectures by eminent Buddhist thinker Keiji Nishitani reflecting on Buddhism for the modern world.On Buddhism presents the first English language translation of a series of lectures by Keiji Nishitani 1900 1990 , a major Buddhist thinker and a key figure in the Kyoto School of Japanese philosophy Originally delivered in the early 1970s, these lectures focus on the traSix lectures by eminent Buddhist thinker Keiji Nishitani reflecting on Buddhism for the modern world.On Buddhism presents the first English language translation of a series of lectures by Keiji Nishitani 1900 1990 , a major Buddhist thinker and a key figure in the Kyoto School of Japanese philosophy Originally delivered in the early 1970s, these lectures focus on the transformation of culture in the modern age and the subsequent decline in the importance of the family and religion Nishitani s concern is that modernity, with its individualism, materialism, and contractual ethics, is an insufficient basis for human relationships With deep insight into both Buddhism and Christianity, he explores such issues as the nature of genuine human existence, the major role of conscience in our advance to authenticity, and the needed transformation of religion Nishitani criticizes contemporary Buddhism for being too esoteric and asks that it come down from Mt Hiei to reestablish itself as a vital source of worthy ideals and to point toward a way of remaining human even in a modern and postmodern world through it all, the creative, even playful, mind that made Nishitani one of the philosophers most beloved by modern Japanese Buddhist scholars shines bright and unclouded by the shift from one culture and language to another Eastern Buddhist These lectures throw new light on Buddhism from the vantage point of a philosopher versed in both Japanese and Western thought They develop some themes not usually discussed in Buddhism, while also presenting other themes and ideas that are discussed in Nishitani s books but which are much accessible here John C Maraldo, coeditor of Rude Awakenings Zen, the Kyoto School, and the Question of Nationalism Nishitani is one of Buddhism s wisest modern exponents, and so it s wonderful to have of his work available in English, and especially an important yet accessible text like this one Graham Parkes, cotranslator of Keiji Nishitani s The Self Overcoming of NihilismSeisaku Yamamoto is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Kyoto University, Japan Robert E Carter is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Trent University, Canada They are cotranslators of Watsuji Tetsuro s Rinrigaku Ethics in Japan, and Carter is the author of Encounter with Enlightenment A Study of Japanese Ethics, both also published by SUNY Press.

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      • Keiji Nishitani Seisaku Yamamoto Robert E. Carter Jan Van Bragt

        Keiji Nishitani was a Japanese philosopher of the Kyoto School and a disciple of Kitaro Nishida In 1924 Nishitani received a Ph.D from Kyoto University for his dissertation Das Ideale und das Reale bei Schelling und Bergson He studied under Martin Heidegger in Freiburg from 1937 9.He held the principal Chair of Philosophy and Religion at Kyoto University from 1943 until becoming Emeritus in 1964 He then taught philosophy and religion at Otani University At various times Nishitani was a visiting professor in the United States and Europe.According to James Heisig, after being banned from holding any public position by the United States Occupation authorities in July 1946, Nishitani refrained from drawing practical social conscience into philosophical and religious ideas, preferring to think about the insight of the individual rather than the reform of the social order.


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    1. Fascinating book of lectures from, what I think to be, the best of the Kyoto School philosophers.Not hard to read or understand, however, this is coming from a person that has studied Buddhism and the philosophy of religion for years (in and out of University). I would only hope more untranslated works of Keiji Nishitani are translated or I ramp up my Japanese study to be able to read the source texts. I hope the latter will come true but I'm not against the former either.



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