All Kinds of Magic: One Man's Search for Meaning Across the by Piers Moore Ede

By Piers Moore Ede

This can be the tale of a guy who launched into a quest that many folks have dreamed approximately. disenchanted through an international addicted to fabric wealth and clinical truth, he made up our minds to trip around the globe looking for anything extra significant: the paranormal, the magical. His trip takes him from snow-blanketed villages within the Himalayas to tiny, covert groups of whirling dervishes in rural Turkey; from the world's greatest non secular competition at the banks of the swollen Ganges to a dappled, historical Sufi region in Delhi. Lyrical and clear-sighted, "All different types of Magic" is an interesting exploration of the hidden international of miracles that's instantaneously deeply own and common in its scope.

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With its alleged origins in India, its maturation in China, and its zenith in Japan, Zen represented both the essence and culmination of a truly Asian spirituality. This Zen paradigm fit well with Japan's own suppostions regarding the uniqueness of its culture and the role that it promised for the rest of the world. The circumstances of modernity and westernization, the role of Zen presumed by Suzuki to counter these forces and preserve Japan's cultural autonomy-these are circumstances unique to contemporary Zen orthodoxy that provide its unique flavor.

This reverses the long-standing Rinzai view that largely denigrated Song Chan as unessential and derivative, symptomatic of entropy rather than vibrancy. The unfolding story of Song Chan dynamism now being told is, by and large, one dominated by Linji Chan's success. Non-Linji Chan players are peripheral, and unless we proceed carefully, we will unwittingly do little more DEFINING ORTHODOXY IN THE CHAN/ZEN TRADITIONS 29 than contribute to an orthodoxy vindicating LinjijRinzai dominance. In order to prevent this, I would like to contest here the assumption of Linji Chan supremacy in the Song-not that it didn't occur, because it clearly did, but that it went unchallenged.

In addition to resulting from intersectarian rivalries, religious orthodoxies in Chan exhibited strong political and social dimensions, and the administrative organs of government played leading roles in establishing regimes of orthodoxy in East Asia. 8 The influence that religious attitudes and activities had over the populace was never far from the concern of East Asian governments, who strove to ensure that religious aspirations coincided with officially authorized aims. DEFINING ORTHODOXY IN THE CHAN/ZEN TRADITIONS I5 Before addressing the subject of Chan orthodoxy in Song China, it is necessary to consider, at least briefly, the influence of contemporary Zen orthodoxy over our current understanding of Chan and Zen.

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