Journal of Buddhist Ethics

An online journal of Buddhist scholarship related to ethics.

Review: Buddhist Statecraft in East Asia

ISSN 1076-9005
Volume 29, 2022

Buddhist Statecraft in East Asia. Edited by Stephanie Balkwill and James A. Benn. Studies on East Asian Religions 6. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2022, x + 191 pages, ISBN 978-90-04-51022-7 (open access e-book: title/61003.pdf)/978-90-04-50961-0 (hardback), $125.00.

Reviewed by Yilun Zhai

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Review: Chan Rhetoric of Uncertainty in the Blue Cliff Record

ISSN 1076-9005
Volume 24, 2017

Chan Rhetoric of Uncertainty in the Blue Cliff Record: Sharpening a Sword at the Dragon Gate. By Steven Heine. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016, ISBN 978-0-19-939776-1 (hardback) 978-0-19-939777-8 (paperback), $105.00 USD (hardback) $36.95 USD (paperback).

Reviewed by Rafal K. Stepien

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Review: Purification Buddhist Movement of Korea, 1954-1970

ISSN 1076-9005
Volume 20, 2013

Purification Buddhist Movement, 1954-1970: The Struggle to Restore Celibacy in the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. By Ven. Chanju Mun. Honolulu, Hawai’i: Blue Pine Books, 2011, ISBN 978-0-9777553-6-3 (paperback), $35.

Reviewed by Ryan Anningson

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Review: Korean Buddhist Nuns and Laywomen

ISSN 1076-9005
Volume 19, 2012

Korean Buddhist Nuns and Laywomen: Hidden Histories, Enduring Vitality. Edited by Eun-Su Cho. Albany: SUNY Press, 2011, xiv+210 pages, ISBN 978-1438435107 (paper), $23.95.

Reviewed by Erik Hammerstrom

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Zen Social Ethics: Chinul, Sŏngch’ŏl, and Minjung Buddhism in Korea

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Volume 13, 2006

Wisdom, Compassion, and Zen Social Ethics: the Case of Chinul, Sŏngch’ŏl, and Minjung Buddhism in Korea

Jin Y. Park
American University

This essay examines the possibility of Zen social ethics by contemplating the relationship between wisdom and compassion in two Korean Zen masters, Pojo Chinul and T’oe’ong Sŏngch’ŏl. Unlike the common assumption that wisdom and compassion naturally facilitate each other in Zen practice, I contend that in both Chinul and Sŏngch’ŏl, they are in a relationship of tension rather than harmony and that such a tension provides a ground for Zen social ethics. In this context the Minjung Buddhist movement in contemporary Korea is discussed as an example of Zen social activism that makes visible the social dimension of Zen philosophy and practice.

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