Mind as Mirror and The Mirroring of Mind (Buddhist Reflections on Western Phenomenology)

Mind as Mirror and The Mirroring of Mind (Buddhist Reflections on Western Phenomenology)

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Item Code: NAE742
Author: Steven W. Laycock
Publisher: Sri Satguru Publications
Language: English
Edition: 1997
ISBN: 8170305314
Pages: 351
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 9.0 inch x 6.0 inch
Weight 500 gm
About the Book

“What I like most about this book is its remarkable breadth; the author’ astonishingly thorough mastery of the work of both Buddhist thinkers and Continental phenomenologist’s; the integrative approach which goes beyond mere comparison and works with basic problems in such a way as to bring in ideas where they are relevant, whatever their source; a fairness and balance in the critical discussion of writers with whom the author may not be in agreement; and the author’s success in making even the most abstract problems relevant to everyday life.

Rooted in the insights of Madhyamika dialectic and an articulated Zazen phenomenology, this study uncovers and examines the methodological presuppositions undergirding the work of Husserl, Sartre, and Merleau-Ponty and calls into serious question certain of the most fundamental assumptions of the Western phenomenological tradition regarding the nature of mind. Mind as Mirror and the Mirroring of Mind presents, for the first time, a searching and distinctively Buddhist challenge to the Western phenomenology’s—a challenge, that is, to grow beyond the settled alternative assumptions that the mind either is or is not minor-like in its experience of phenomenal reality.

About the Author

Steven Laycock is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toledo. He is co-editor of Essays for a Phenomenological Theology. An active member of the Buddhist Society for Compassionate Wisdom, he has, for many years, been engaged in Buddhist meditative practice.

Contents

AcknowledgmentsXI
An Incident at Wang-Mei Shan1
Prelude in the Key of Emptiness3
Frameworks3
Mirroring and Representation3
A Paradox of Phenomenological Optics6
The Dialectic of Mirroring10
The Thesis of Phenomenal Undesirability16
Com(mens)uration18
I. Mind as Mirror 25
The Muteness Mirror: Reflections on Buddhist Dialectic29
Analytic and Dialectic Phenomeno-Logic29
Ex/planation31
Absolute and Relative ‘Space”33
Reflective Negativity35
Buddhist Dialectics37
Distinguished Distinctions39
Archaic Distinctions41
Deconstructing the Minor43
The Mirror of Mind46
Reflections48
Visible Invisibility49
Instantiation and Manifestation50
Analytic Thought52
The Thing-in Itself53
Bivalence and the Real54
The Pathless Path: Reflections on Buddhist Meditative Practice61
Tranquillity and Insight61
The Formal Absorptions64
Toward a Critique of Pure Suffering65
Discursive Thought73
The Formless Absorptions78
The Hierarchy of Concretion84
Infinite Divisibility88
Dependent Co-origination93
The Lotus and the Chiasm98
The Body and the Body Tree105
II. The Mirroring of Mind 113
The Gateless Gate: Reflections on the Methodology of Reflection117
Phenomenology and Its Word’117
Mirror as Metaphor122
The ‘Madness” of Phenomenological Method125
Presuppositionlessness132
The Modes of Reflection135
Reflections on Reflection140
The Eidetic Reduction143
Hyper-Reflection147
The Great Doubt149
The Transformative Phenomenology of Liberation154
Mindless Minding: Reflections on Intentionality163
The Mystery of Consciousness163
The Rupture of Immanence173
Reduction and the Immanence of Intentionality180
The World-Horizon181
The Ego as Reflection187
The Ego as Gestalt193
Diary of a Moon Gazer201
Notes205
Bibliography301
Index of Subjects319
Index of Names336
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