Zen Buddhism and western mentality (1 Comment)

by Arnim
(Stuttgart)

After a long period of esoteric research and self development studies, I have become interested in Buddhism, namely Zen Buddhism. I have read a lot of books and visited some workshops. I have also tried to understand the teaching of Vimalakirti. But honestly, I only got more confused. I feel there is something great, but I don’t get it. Is it my western mentality that prevents me from understanding more?

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Feb 11, 2010
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A Zen Buddhism book for Westerns
by: Philippe, Le Havre (France)

There is an excellent book that is written for western people. The title of this book is "Zen and the Psychology of Transformation. The Supreme Doctrine" (La Doctrine Suprème) by Hubert Benoit.

I think it is very difficult to explain Zen with words and that is namely what western people want. Hubert Benoit uses reasoning to help intuition and this is exactly what a Western needs.

As Aldous Huxley writes in his foreword to this book: "Dr. Benoit has discussed the supreme doctrine of Zen Buddhism in the light of Western psychological theory and Western psychiatric practice. This is a book that should be read by everybody who aspires to know who he is and what he can do to acquire self-knowledge."

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