Beckett and Buddhism

Beckett and Buddhism

Beckett and Buddhism undertakes a twenty-first-century reassessment of the Buddhist resonances in Samuel Beckett's writing. These reverberations, as Angela Moorjani demonstrates, originated in his early reading of Schopenhauer.

Author: Angela Moorjani

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781009021852

Category: Literary Criticism

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Beckett and Buddhism undertakes a twenty-first-century reassessment of the Buddhist resonances in Samuel Beckett's writing. These reverberations, as Angela Moorjani demonstrates, originated in his early reading of Schopenhauer. Drawing on letters and archives along with recent studies of Buddhist thought and Schopenhauer's knowledge of it, the book charts the Buddhist concepts circling through Beckett's visions of the 'human predicament' in a blend of tears and laughter. Moorjani offers an in-depth elucidation of texts that are shown to intersect with the negative and paradoxical path of the Buddha, which she sets in dialogue with Western thinking. She brings further perspectives from cognitive philosophy and science to bear on creative emptiness, the illusory 'I', and Beckett's probing of the writing process. Readers will benefit from this far-reaching study of one of the most acclaimed writers of the twentieth century who explored uncharted topologies in his fiction, theatre, and poetry.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Beckett and Zen

Beckett and Zen

Applies an understanding of Zen Buddhism to the 'absurdity' of Beckett, which is seen as an expression of deepest spiritual anguish.

Author: Paul Foster

Publisher: Wisdom Publications

ISBN: UOM:39015015523932

Category: Religion

Page: 295

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Applies an understanding of Zen Buddhism to the 'absurdity' of Beckett, which is seen as an expression of deepest spiritual anguish.
Categories: Religion

Four Men Shaking

Four Men Shaking

Browse Inside Four Men Shaking Searching for Sanity with Samuel Beckett, Norman Mailer, and My Perfect Zen Teacher By Lawrence Shainberg $16.95 - Paperback OUT OF STOCK: Available for back-order.

Author: Lawrence Shainberg

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834842250

Category: Religion

Page: 128

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From Pushcart Prize-winning author Lawrence Shainberg, a funny and powerful memoir about literary friendships, writing, and Zen practice. “Inexplicably good karma”—to this, author Lawrence Shainberg attributes a life filled with relationships with legendary writers and renowned Buddhist teachers. In Four Men Shaking he weaves together the narratives of three of those relationships: his literary friendships with Samuel Beckett and Norman Mailer, and his teacher-student relationship with the Japanese Zen master Kyudo Nakagawa Roshi. In Shainberg’s lifelong pursuit of both writing and Zen practice, each of these men represents an important aspect of his experience. The audacious, combative Mailer becomes a symbol in Shainberg’s mind for the Buddhist concept of “form,” while the elusive and self-deprecating Beckett seems to embody an awareness of “emptiness.” Through it all is Nakagawa, the earthy, direct Zen master challenging Shainberg to let go of his endless rumination and accept reality as it is. Browse Inside Four Men Shaking Searching for Sanity with Samuel Beckett, Norman Mailer, and My Perfect Zen Teacher By Lawrence Shainberg $16.95 - Paperback OUT OF STOCK: Available for back-order. Qty: Shambhala Publications 07/16/2019 Pages: 144 Size: 5 x 7 ISBN: 9781611807295 0 Related • Zen Confidential By Shozan Jack Haubner $14.95 Paperback • Nothing Holy about It By Tim Burkett $17.95 Paperback • Let the Whole Thundering World Come Home By Natalie Goldberg $16.95 Paperback • Single White Monk By Shozan Jack Haubner $14.95 Paperback Related Topics Buddhist Biography/Memoir Writing Details “Inexplicably good karma”—to this, author Lawrence Shainberg attributes a life filled with relationships with legendary writers and renowned Buddhist teachers. In Four Men Shaking he weaves together the narratives of three of those relationships: his literary friendships with Samuel Beckett and Norman Mailer, and his teacher-student relationship with the Japanese Zen master Kyudo Nakagawa Roshi. In Shainberg’s lifelong pursuit of both writing and Zen practice, each of these men represents an important aspect of his experience. The audacious, combative Mailer becomes a symbol in Shainberg’s mind for the Buddhist concept of “form,” while the elusive and self-deprecating Beckett seems to embody an awareness of “emptiness.” Through it all is Nakagawa, the earthy, direct Zen master challenging Shainberg to let go of his endless rumination and accept reality as it is.
Categories: Religion

Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett

Author: Stuart Lee Coonin

Publisher:

ISBN: MSU:31293030467199

Category: Buddhism

Page: 380

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Categories: Buddhism

Agents of uncertainty

Agents of uncertainty

Written in a lively and accessible style, accompanied by drawings and photographs by the author, this volume is aimed at scholars, artists, teachers, and anyone interested in philosophy, religion, art, poetry and ways of being.

Author: John Danvers

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789401207874

Category: Philosophy

Page: 220

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Through an analysis of many different examples, Danvers articulates a new way of thinking about mysticism and scepticism, not as opposite poles of the philosophical spectrum, but as two fields of enquiry with overlapping aims and methods. Prompted by a deep sense of wonder at being alive, many mystics and sceptics, like the Buddha, practice disciplines of doubt in order to become free of attachment to fixed appearances, essences and viewpoints, and in doing so they find peace and equanimity. They develop ways of living with impermanence and the unexpected by letting go of adherence to dogmatic beliefs and by suspending judgement. In common with many artists and poets they act as agents of uncertainty, actively disturbing the routines and habits of day-to-day thought and behaviour in order to demonstrate how to maintain a sense of balance and spontaneity in the midst of life’s difficulties. Topics explored include: being and self as process; mysticism and language; scepticism and dogmatism; Buddhism, interdependence and emptiness; Daoism and impermanence; dialectics of doubt in art and poetry. Written in a lively and accessible style, accompanied by drawings and photographs by the author, this volume is aimed at scholars, artists, teachers, and anyone interested in philosophy, religion, art, poetry and ways of being.
Categories: Philosophy

The Beckettian Impasse

The Beckettian Impasse

Author: Paul Foster

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:B2711017

Category: Beckett, Samuel

Page: 273

View: 710

Categories: Beckett, Samuel

No thing is Left to Tell

No thing is Left to Tell

The balance of the book uses Zen and Chaos theory to reveal new patterns and layers of meaning (or non meaning) in several of Beckett's most significant plays.

Author: John L. Kundert-Gibbs

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 0838637620

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 236

View: 164

This study uses Zen Buddhism and Chaos theory as binocular lenses to examine the existential difficulties in Samuel Beckett's plays in terms that circumvent traditional Western schools of thought. The book first outlines the salient points of Zen Buddhism and Chaos theory, examining the interplay of ideas between the two disciplines. The balance of the book uses Zen and Chaos theory to reveal new patterns and layers of meaning (or non meaning) in several of Beckett's most significant plays.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Encountering Buddhism in Twentieth Century British and American Literature

Encountering Buddhism in Twentieth Century British and American Literature

This book brings together for the first time a series of context-rich interpretations that demonstrate the importance of literature in this ongoing cultural change in Britain and the United States.

Author: Lawrence Normand

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781441108135

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

View: 817

Encountering Buddhism in Twentieth-Century British and American Literature explores the ways in which 20th-century literature has been influenced by Buddhism, and has been, in turn, a major factor in bringing about Buddhism's increasing spread and influence in the West. Focussing on Britain and the United States, Buddhism's influence on a range of key literary texts will be examined in the context of those societies' evolving modernity. Writers discussed include T. S. Eliot, Hermann Hesse, Virginia Woolf, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, J. D. Salinger, Iris Murdoch, Maxine Hong Kingston. This book brings together for the first time a series of context-rich interpretations that demonstrate the importance of literature in this ongoing cultural change in Britain and the United States.
Categories: Literary Criticism

A Philosophy of Emptiness

A Philosophy of Emptiness

Offering an alternative view, A Philosophy of Emptiness reclaims these hollow feelings as a positive and even empowering state, an antidote to the modern obsession with substance and foundation.

Author: Gay Watson

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 9781780233253

Category: Philosophy

Page: 176

View: 99

We often view emptiness as a negative condition, a symptom of depression, despair, or grief—an assessment furthered by authors like Franz Kafka or the existentialists, Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus. Offering an alternative view, A Philosophy of Emptiness reclaims these hollow feelings as a positive and even empowering state, an antidote to the modern obsession with substance and foundation. Digging through early and non-Western philosophy, Gay Watson uncovers a rich history of emptiness. She travels from Buddhism, Taoism, and religious mysticism to the contemporary world of philosophy, science, and art practice. Though most Western philosophies are concerned with substance and foundation, she finds that the twentieth century has seen a resurgence of emptiness and offers reasons why such an apparently unappealing concept has attracted modern musicians, artists, and scientists, as well as preeminent thinkers throughout the ages. Probing the idea of how a life without foundation might be lived—and why a person might choose this path—A Philosophy of Emptiness links these concepts to contemporary ideas of meditation and the mind, presenting a rich and intriguing take on the concept of emptiness and the history of thought.
Categories: Philosophy

Field Being Interpretation of Buddhist Philosophy

Field Being Interpretation of Buddhist Philosophy

The essays in this book have been written between the years of 1998 and 2000 while Albert Shansky, the author, was executive vice president of the International Institute of Field-Being at Fairfield University.

Author: Albert Shansky

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781514412077

Category: Religion

Page: 112

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Buddhism is a religion despite the negative attitude of some in the West, who espouse that since it has no god, it is atheistic and, therefore, cannot be a religion. A religion is a unified system of beliefs and practices that unite into one single moral community. A. N. Whitehead fortified this definition by saying, “Religion is what the individual does with his own solitariness.” Buddhism satisfies these definitions by guiding the individual in self-reliance and introspection rather than entreaty to an unseen god or spirit. It is hoped that the nine essays in this book depict situations where a set of symbolic forms and acts relate man to the ultimate condition of his existence. The essays in this book have been written between the years of 1998 and 2000 while Albert Shansky, the author, was executive vice president of the International Institute of Field-Being at Fairfield University.
Categories: Religion

An American s Journey into Buddhism

An American  s Journey into Buddhism

The paper that I presented at the Fourth Symposium had the title, “Buddhist Motives in the Prose of Samuel Beckett.” In this paper, I chose five of ...

Author: Albert Shansky

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786484241

Category: Religion

Page: 232

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Structured as a patchwork of conversations, recollections, and lyrical encounters, this rich spiritual autobiography allows readers to eavesdrop on a restless soul in quest of self, God, and home. The memoir tells the story of an American who became intrigued by Buddhism through his love of Asian art and who decided to study the discipline in a Japanese Soto Zen monastery. In Part One, the author gives an account of his life in the Hosshinji monastery in Obama, Japan, detailing his daily routine and his participation in a traditional Takuhatsu almsgiving ceremony, a Sesshin period of intensive meditation, and a Jukai Buddhist initiation ceremony. Part Two describes the author’s difficult search for a Buddhist temple to continue his religious practices upon returning to the United States. Part Three deals with the author’s involvement in the International Institute for Field-Being and details how his Buddhist training helped prepare him for that venture. Part Four describes obstacles the author has encountered as a lone Buddhism practitioner since his training.
Categories: Religion

Beckett and Eros

Beckett and Eros

This book is the first to propose a 'mythopoetics of sex' with which to explore Beckett's work as a whole.

Author: P. Davies

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230286931

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 239

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The decade since Beckett's death has seen new interests in the erotic sweeping through our culture, acting in uneasy counterpoint to its established humanistic infrastructure and opening new questions about the significance of sexuality. Surprisingly or not, Beckett has startling further light to throw on the erotic phenomenon variously but insistently recognised in our time. This book is the first to propose a 'mythopoetics of sex' with which to explore Beckett's work as a whole.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Anti Natalism Rejectionist Philosophy from Buddhism to Benatar

Anti Natalism  Rejectionist Philosophy from Buddhism to Benatar

The book traces the development of this philosophy from its ancient religious roots in Hinduism (Moksha) and Buddhism (Nirvana) to its most modern articulation by the South African philosopher David Benatar.

Author: Ken Coates

Publisher: First Edition Design Pub.

ISBN: 9781622875702

Category: Philosophy

Page: 170

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The last few decades seem to have begun what has been called 'the childless revolution'. In developed countries, increasingly people are choosing not to have children. The causes of this 'revolution' are many including the belief that to create a new life is to subject someone unnecessarily, and without their consent, to life's many sufferings including death. This belief and its underlying philosophy is known as anti-natalism. There has been a recent resurgence of this philosophy, with David Benatar's book Better Never To Have Been (2006) as a major catalyst. Anti-natalism can be seen as part of a broader philosophy, described here as Rejectionism, which finds existence -directly or indirectly, i.e. as procreation - as deeply problematic and unacceptable. The book traces the development of this philosophy from its ancient religious roots in Hinduism (Moksha) and Buddhism (Nirvana) to its most modern articulation by the South African philosopher David Benatar. It examines the contribution to rejectionist thought by Schopenhauer and von Hartmann in the 19th century and Zapffe, a little known Norwegian thinker, in the 20th century, and most recently by Benatar. Benatar and Zapffe represent this approach most clearly as anti-natalism. The book also devotes a chapter to the literary expression of rejectionist philosophy in the works of Samuel Beckett and J.P.Sartre. In sum, far from being an esoteric doctrine rejectionism has been a major presence in human history straddling all three major cultural forms - religious, philosophical and literary. The book argues that anti-natal philosophy and its practice owe a great deal to three major developments: secularization, liberalization of social attitudes, and technological advances (contraception). Anti-natal attitudes and practice should therefore be seen as a part of 'progress' in that these developments are widening our choice of lifestyles and attitudes to existence. In sum, The book argues that anti-natalism needs to be taken seriously and considered as a legitimate view of a modern, secular civilization. Secondly, the book seeks to situate current anti-natalist thought in its historical and philosophical perspective. Finally, it argues that in order to develop anti-natalism further it needs to be institutionalized as a form rational 'philosophy of life', and more attention needs to be paid to the problems and prospect of putting this philosophy into practice.
Categories: Philosophy

Wake Up To Your Life

Wake Up To Your Life

Highlighted with quotes from thinkers as diverse as Mulla Nasrudin, Samuel Beckett, Yogi Berra, Albert Einstein, Kalu Rinpoche, James Baldwin, and Bob Dylan, this authoritative guide offers a warm and engaging approach to awakening our true ...

Author: Ken McLeod

Publisher: HarperOne

ISBN: 0062516809

Category: Religion

Page: 480

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It is easy to lose your way exploring how to benefit from Buddhist wisdom in the contemporary Western world. In this fresh and original work, Ken McLeod demystifies the essential teachings of Buddhism as he illuminates a path to living fully in the present. Writing without jargon or obscure terminology, he uses delightful stories from around the world to explain clearly and compellingly how we can utilize the practices of Buddhism to awaken to the full potential of our lives. Most of us live behind a wall of illusion. Wake Up to Your Life gives us all the tools we need to "dismantle" that wall. Readers will learn to move out of the reactive patterns that create suffering and curb true freedom by using meditations and reflections that point the way to wisdom, awareness, compassion, and inner strength. Each meditation is described in detail and is accompanied by a lucid commentary on its meaning and value. Using everyday language, stories, and examples accessible to westerners, Wake Up to Your Life presents the Buddha's original teachings separate from the cultural context of religious ritual and belief. Highlighted with quotes from thinkers as diverse as Mulla Nasrudin, Samuel Beckett, Yogi Berra, Albert Einstein, Kalu Rinpoche, James Baldwin, and Bob Dylan, this authoritative guide offers a warm and engaging approach to awakening our true self and walking the liberating path of mindful and compassionate living.
Categories: Religion

No Thing Is Left to Tell

No Thing Is Left to Tell

Zen Buddhism and the Chaos theory are used in this work as binocular lenses to examine the existential difficulties in Samuel Beckett's plays in terms that circumvent traditional Western schools of thought.

Author: John Leeland Kundert-Gibbs

Publisher:

ISBN: 1611471583

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 236

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Zen Buddhism and the Chaos theory are used in this work as binocular lenses to examine the existential difficulties in Samuel Beckett's plays in terms that circumvent traditional Western schools of thought. No-Thing Is Left to Tell examines Waiting for Godot, Endgame, Happy Days, Footfalls, and Ohio Impromptu, discovering both within them and throughout the larger scale of Beckett's plays as a whole, a movement toward revisioning our world in terms of a nonclosed, unself-conscious state. Illustrated.
Categories: Performing Arts

Manifesto for Silence Confronting the Politics and Culture of Noise

Manifesto for Silence  Confronting the Politics and Culture of Noise

This book makes an urgent demand for silence.

Author: Stuart Sim

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748631261

Category: Social Science

Page: 215

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This book makes an urgent demand for silence. The ability to think, to reflect, and to create are all highly dependent on regular access to silence. Yet in today's noisy, 24/7 society silence and quiet are under threat. And the business world only makes this worse with cynical marketing strategies abusing the power of noise: ever-diminishing oases of calm are hard to find. Stuart Sim argues that we need more, not less, silence. He explains why silence matters, where it matters--in our environment, in religion, philosophy, the arts, literature and science - and why the human race will suffer if we do not make space for it. The confrontation between the politics of noise and the politics of silence affects all of us profoundly: we cannot stay neutral on this issue.
Categories: Social Science

Becket Sans Fronti res

Becket Sans Fronti  res

For a detailed analysis of parallel structures in Bergson, Buddhism, and Beckett, see the chapter on this topic in my Samuel Beckett und Alberto Giacometti.

Author: Minako Okamuro

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789042023932

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 468

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SBT/A 19 features selected papers from the Borderless Beckett / Beckett sans frontières Symposium held in Tokyo at Waseda University in 2006. The essays penned by eminent and young scholars from around the world examine the many ways Beckett's art crosses borders: coupling reality and dream, life and death, as in Japanese Noh drama, or transgressing distinctions between limits and limitlessness; humans, animals, virtual bodies, and stones; French and English; words and silence; and the received frameworks of philosophy and aesthetics.The highlight of the volume is the contribution by Nobel Laureate J. M. Coetzee, the special guest of the Symposium. His article entitled “Eight Ways of Looking at Samuel Beckett” introduces a variety of novel approaches to Beckett, ranging from a comparative analysis of his work and Melville's Moby Dick to a biographical observation concerning Beckett's application for a lectureship at a South African university. Other highlights include innovative essays by the plenary speakers and panelists – Enoch Brater, Mary Bryden, Bruno Clément, Steven Connor, S. E. Gontarski, Evelyne Grossman, and Angela Moorjani – and an illuminating section on Beckett's television dramas.TheBorderless Beckett volume renews our awareness of the admirable quality and wide range of approaches that characterize Beckett studies.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography