By Sarah Ban Breathnach, Michael Segell
Author note: Edited by means of Michael Segell
Publish 12 months note: First released June 4th 2000
Sarah Ban Breathnach desired to provide males a similar reflective booklet that she provided ladies in easy Abundance. but, she additionally knew that she wanted a guy to aid her signify an actual male adventure, a booklet that mined underneath the "Men Are from Mars" stereotypes and "Iron John" expectancies. So she joined forces with Michael Segell, former "Men's Mind" columnist for Esquire and writer of Standup Guy. From there, the duo accumulated those contemplative, funny, and mature essays written by way of a various sampling of guys, together with a backwoods hermit, mystical rabbi, and international popular rock star.
Segell writes the poignant introductions to the essays whereas Ban Breathnach inserts her own responses on the finish of fairly provocative essays. from time to time she appears like an intruder in a "boy's only" tree castle membership, her reviews sounding misplaced inside those deepest moments of male bonding. but she forces readers, women and men alike, to recognize the female in the male event, a lofty objective that we have a tendency to withstand. participants comprise Sting, who talks concerning the distinction among thrill looking and danger taking in "Let Your Soul Be Your Rookie." experience author Tim Cahill writes approximately "The Bravest factor I Ever Did"--face his panic disease as his vomited his method via an un-aired tv interview. And Thomas Moore speaks to the ecstasy of melding spirituality and sexuality. --Gail Hudson
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As distinct from Chan myth, Shenxiu is the real hero who presided over the birth of Chan as a national movement. 26 THE LINJI LU AND CHAN ORTHODOXY As the first "power struggle" in recorded Chan history, the factional controversy suggested patterns for deciding the vexed problem of orthodoxy in Chan. Aside from determining the alleged basis for such questions as correct teachings and the validity of transmission, mainstays of Chan orthodoxy predicated on doctrine and lineage, what emerged from the controversy was a strategy for how to promote one's cause against the allegations of competitors.
14 THE LINJI LU AND CHAN ORTHODOXY While Chan Buddhism has no catechisms or creeds, it is not above formulaic expressions of its basic tenets. f,). 6 As with other orthodoxies, ChanfZen formulae function as fundamental statements of principles, devised on the basis of political and social contingencies. What distinguishes orthodoxies, then, is not the assumption of a "correct doctrine" deemed as universally valid, a seemingly ubiquitous characteristic of ideologically based belief systems, but the protocols that shape them and give them their unique formulation?
The imperialist and orientalist assumptions associated with such claims are now well acknowledged to the point of needing no further explication. Suzuki's polemics were aimed, in part, at breaking these hegemonic assumptions held by contemporary Western Buddhist scholars. Japan faced a similar imperialist, hegemonic threat from the West, and Suzuki's interpretation must also be framed within the context of Japan's response to the crisis, especially the threat it posed to Japan's cultural autonomy.