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Buddha is Dead
Nietzsche and the Dawn of European Zen
Manu Bazzano has edited two best-selling poetry anthologies, Zen Poems (2001) and Haiku for Lovers (2003). He recently translated The Way of Awakening (2005), the most comprehensive single commentary on the great classic of Buddhist literature, Shantideva’s Bodhicharyavatara, and is the editor of the Zen quarterly Hazy Moon.
Drawing on Zen as well as on Nietzsche’s
thought and its ramifications in and for western culture, this book
is a fervent call for a re-visioning of philosophy as vocation.
The author is critical of the status quo and committed to intellectual
integrity; the result is a creative and adventurous enterprise which
is no longer exclusively identified with academia or with the methodology
of logic. Filtered through Nietzsche’s hammer – by which
he sounded out gods old and new – Buddhism in the West can
avoid the pitfalls which emerged during its gestation period in
the twentieth century: otherworldly spiritualism, conservatism,
denial of the body.
The philosophy and the psychology of European Zen advocated by Manu Bazzano in Buddha is Dead: Nietzsche and the Dawn of European Zen is an unconditional affirmation of living-and-dying. It is an extraordinary fertile viewpoint that will be appreciated by all those who are interested in Eastern philosophy and religions, and who seek life-affirming wisdom.
|Paperback Price:||£17.95 / $35.00|
|Release Date:||September 2006|
|Page Extent / Format:||252 pp. / 229 x 152 mm|
After a Foreword, Preface (and Precaution), and Introduction, the text comprises one hundred and eighty-nine sections, divided into seven parts.
The True Task of Philosophy
Great Doubt and the Death of God
The Will to Power as Generosity
The Crooked Path of Eternity
Time and the Eternal Return
Beyond the Dream of Change: Towards a Zen Psychology
On Nomadic Truth
The Innocence of Becoming
Eloquent and elegant. Manu Bazzano must be the world’s best advertisement for the benefits of Zen training! His book is extremely important for the world at this critical juncture in its history, and undoubtedly deserves and will receive a broad readership.
Graham Parkes, author of Composing the Soul: Reaches of Nietzsche's Psychology, and editor of Nietzsche and Asian Thought
Highly polemical and engaged in asking the right kinds of questions and in an intelligent way.
David Brazier, author of Zen Therapy
Buddha is Dead looks in some depth at the life and work of Nietzsche, particularly at what the author sees as a parallel between the ‘great doubt’ of Zen and the ‘creative illness’ through which Nietzsche passed in order to gain some of his most profound insights. European nihilism as encountered in philosophy and the voidness of the Mahayana have been dealt with in great depth by philosophers such as Nishitani. Bazzano takes a poetic approach to these subjects.
... The great advantage of a formal spiritual training is that the trainee goes on to experience the fullness of life tragically. We can do it our own way, but at our peril. The Buddha and those who have followed him have beaten a path to the deathless that we would do well to follow if we wish to avoid the pitfalls and tragedy of those who wish to explore on their own.
... Buddha is Dead consists of seven parts and 189 chapters. It is easy for the reader to dip into at almost any point.
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Illuminates the common radicalism,
non-conformity and insistence on honesty and integrity that underpin
what is most challenging and provocative in the two traditions of
Buddhism in general (and Zen Buddhism in particular) and the tradition
(or anti-tradition) in Western philosophy that finds its most exultant
spokesman in the figure of Friedrich Nietzsche.
... It is inspiring to be reminded of Nietzsche’s radical vision and how the author links it to Buddhism and Zen. Manu Bazzano’s book serves to reaffirm the creative side of doubt, especially in those moments when doubt begins to drag you down.
Stephen Batchelor, author of the bestselling Buddhism Without Beliefs and Living with the Devil
One of the most profound and not always well known understandings of Zen Buddhism is that Great Doubt and deep inquiry will lead directly to Great Liberation and Great Faith. In Zen one learns the importance of embracing doubt and that doubt is the seed of Transcendental wisdom. One of the main themes, exemplified by Nietzsche's life, is that embracing doubt does not lead necessarily to cynicism and negativity, but can bring about a change of heart and allows for faith to arise, which brings Zen into the picture ... This book has the potential to bridge the gap between East and West.
D. Genpo Merzel, Roshi, author of The Path of the Human Being: Zen Teachings on the Bodhisattva Way
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