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June 07, 2012

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What does the Zennist think of Kyoto School philosophers? Esp. Nishida and Nishitani?

Nishida tried to unite European and Zen/Eastern philosophy into one "system"

He talked about the Pure Experience antecedent to the experiencer... he used Buddhist notions, "emptiness", "true self" in his philosophy

D.T. Suzuki said that Nishida's philosophy clearly shows he had some authentic understanding of Zen

Nishida especially interesting novelty in philosophy is his notion of "Place"; place/topos becomes the most important category in philosophy, unlike Greek/Euro substance

The "place" topos is "that within which"

And absolute emptiness is for Nishida the ultimate "that within which"

Pretty fascinating... could be a bridge between East and West?

I wonder what people reading this Blog or the Zennist think of Nishida

Java Junkie seems to be understanding the term differently than the Zennist. The Zennist intended it as a philosophical stance. Scientism/materialism is dominant in the Anglo-Saxon world more than in Asia. For instance, I find that in Japan many people believe in ghosts, ancestral spirits, and so on. Many are fascinated by NDE or UFOs, too. I must say, however, that Java is right about the other kind of materialism. Countries like S. Korea and Japan are ultra-capitalist and consumer-oriented.

What western materialism? The Chinese and Indians and SE Asians are 100X more greedy materialistic than westerners, based on my ad hoc survey.

My conclusion is that 80 out of a 100 westerns are spiritual to some degree......whereas only 15 out of a 100 for Asians.

So that screws your bs right in the a-hole.

Edward Bernays had a significant impact on American culture. Watch 'Century of the Self' - it is on youtube - accurate and disturbing

Superb presentation, much appreciated!

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