AutoreMagliola Robert
TitoloSculpting Words in Ice: How Buddhist and Christian Stylistiques En-acr Mundane Failure and Ultimate Hope
RivistaPrajna Vihara
Campo TematicoInterreligiosità
Parole Chiave
Abstract Both Buddhist and Christian teaching-texts often deconstruct the “merely” mundane so that the learner can advance towards beatitude. A precious few of these texts teach by miming such a deconstruction via subtle literary techniques: the textual surfaces or conventions act-out the role of naȉve appearance, and the subtexts that subvert them act-out how confident trust (in the Buddha's Teachings, for the Buddhists; in Christ's Divine Promises, for the Christians) can find fulfillment. In the great poem “The Altar” (by George Herbert, 1593-1633), the holistic appearance of the altar bears hidden segnals of its own real brokenness, and these signals point to the sub-text that is the Christian's hope. In the great Shōbō-genzō of Dōgen Zenji (1200-1253), formal techniques scramble conventional holisms and fixed identities in order to act-out the “true-nature” of reality-reality, for Dogen, is at once “continuous flux” (and “absolute density”).