Affirmation via Negation: Zen, Philosophy of Life, Sexual Desire, and Infinite Love

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Event:
Affirmation via Negation: Zen, Philosophy of Life, Sexual Desire, and Infinite Love
Start:
December 19, 2016 19:30
End:
December 19, 2016 21:00
Cost:
Free
Category:
Organizer:
ICAS
Phone:
03-5441-9800
icas@tuj.temple.edu
Updated:
November 30, 2016
Venue:
Azabu Hall, Temple University, Japan Campus
Phone:
03-5441-9800
Address:
2-8-12 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Contrary to an ambiguous picture of Zen Buddhism to “deny” life, D. T. Suzuki, Hiratsuka Raichō, and Nishida Kitarō–all of whom practiced (Rinzai) Zen and attained “kenshō”–talked about life in the most affirmative way, but their discourse is mediated by the moment of the negation of what comes with the ego. Their discussion on sexual desire is illuminating in terms of their philosophy of life.

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