Friday, August 9, 2013

"Zen as a Cult of Death...."

Of possible interest to others, Brian Victoria's well-written and well-argued "Zen as a Cult of Death in the Wartime Writings of D.T. Suzuki."

D.T. Suzuki
The cumbersome quality of the title is not reflected in the text ... whose punchline I found welcome: i.e. that organized religions rely for their exercise fields on governments and the social stability those governments can provide. The links between the two is unremarkable, right up to the point at which the government decides on a destructive and possibly immoral course ... at which point religions can either play the sycophant or risk punishment and/or extinction.

Naturally this is not a difficulty faced by your religion, which has been vigorous and outspoken in its demurrers and protests. It's always someone else's dilemma ... or is it?

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