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Advaita Vedanta and Zen Buddhism: Deconstructive Modes of Spiritual Inquiry (Continuum Studies in Eastern Philosophies) Hardcover – June 10, 2010

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Dr Leesa S. Davis is a sessional lecturer in Philosophy and Religious Studies at Deakin University, Australia, and a member of the Australasian Buddhist Studies Association.
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Product Details

  • Series: Continuum Studies in Eastern Philosophies
  • Hardcover: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 1 edition (June 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826420680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826420688
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,244,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"According to Advaita and Zen philosophies, reality is fundamentally unconditioned and non-dual in nature, and that realization of this 'true nature' of things is the aim and goal of human life."
"...the primary objective of this study is to clarify how language and other communicative techniques are used in selected spiritual practices of Advaita Vedanta and Zen Buddhism and how the boundaries and barriers of conceptual thought and personal dualistic experiencing are subverted, recconfigured and experientially deconstructed to disclose a purported non-dual knowing that both traditions claim is somehow innate but unrecognized."

...two quotes from the introduction.

I did enjoy this book because it is an academic yet accessible look at the practices of two nondualistic spiritual traditions that are familiar for me, not to say 'favorites'.
This book reminds me of David Loy's great book 'Nonduality, A study in comparative philosophy' because it also is an interesting and succesful combination of accessible writing with subtle expertise.
If I remember rightly David Loy wrote a review of this book.

There are not so many books on this subject. At least not as far as I know.

People that are into so-called apophatic spiritual practice, in which deconstruction is the primary method, instead of transformation, may well be served or strengthened or entertained by this solid study.

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