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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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"...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.