Journal of Buddhist Ethics

An online journal of Buddhist scholarship related to ethics.


Suzuki Shōsan’s Mōanjō and The Doctrine of the Mean

ISSN 1076-9005
Volume 15, 2008

Guiding the Blind Along the Middle Way: A Parallel Reading of Suzuki Shōsan’s Mōanjō and The Doctrine of the Mean

Anton Luis C. Sevilla
Ateneo de Manila University

Japanese intellectual culture is a mélange of many schools of thought—Shinto, many forms of Buddhism, Confucianism, and so on. However, these schools of thought are distinct in approach and focus, and key ideas of one school may even be found to be in contradiction with the key ideas of other schools of thought. Many have deliberately tried, with varying degrees of success, to reconcile these schools of thought, academically, politically, and so forth. But amidst these attempts, one that stands out for its uncontrived naturalness and vitality is that of Zen Master Shōsan.

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