By Edwin Ng

This ebook explores the reciprocity among Buddhist, Derridean, and Foucauldian understandings approximately ethics, subjectivity, and ontological contingency, to enquire the moral and political capability of perception meditation perform. The booklet is narrated from the viewpoint of a postcolonial ‘Western Buddhist’ convert who, regardless of growing to be up in Singapore the place Buddhism used to be part of his disaporic ‘Chinese’ ancestral background, simply embraced Buddhism while he migrated to Australia and came across Western translations of Buddhist teachings. via an autoethnography of the author’s Buddhist-inspired pursuit of an educational career, the ebook develops and professes a non-doctrinal figuring out of religion that could be pertinent to ‘believers’ and ‘non-believers’ alike, inviting the tutorial reader particularly to think about the (unacknowledged) position of religion in helping scholarly perform. awesome a cautious stability among serious research and self-reflexive inquiry, the ebook plays in all senses of the notice, a career of faith.

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Buddhism and Cultural Studies: A Profession of Faith

This booklet explores the reciprocity among Buddhist, Derridean, and Foucauldian understandings approximately ethics, subjectivity, and ontological contingency, to enquire the moral and political strength of perception meditation perform. The publication is narrated from the viewpoint of a postcolonial ‘Western Buddhist’ convert who, regardless of transforming into up in Singapore the place Buddhism was once part of his disaporic ‘Chinese’ ancestral historical past, merely embraced Buddhism while he migrated to Australia and chanced on Western translations of Buddhist teachings.

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4. I elaborate on the Noble Eightfold Path in Chap. 6. REFERENCES Allport, G. 1962. The Individual and His Religion. New York: Macmillan. Barcan R and Johnston J 2005, ‘The Haunting: Cultural Studies, Religion and Alternative Therapies’, Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, no. htm>. Bauman, Z. 1998. Postmodern Religion? In Religion Modernity and Postmodernity, ed.  Morris, 55–78. Oxford: Blackwell. 42 E.  Nhat Hanh. 1975. The Raft is Not the Shore: Conversations Toward a Buddhist/Christian Awareness.

White Collar Zen: Using Zen Principles to Overcome Obstacles and Achieve Your Career Goals. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Hills, M. 2002. Fan Cultures. London: Routledge. Hunt, S. 2002. Religion in Western Society. Basingstoke: Palgrave. James, W. 2002. The Varieties of Religious Experience, Centenaryth ed. New York: Routledge. TOWARDS A SPIRITUALLY ENGAGED CULTURAL STUDIES 43 Jenkins, H. 1992. Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture. London: Routledge.  Barcan. 2006. Subtle Transformations: Imagining the Body in Alternative Health Practices.

White Collar Zen accords with the logics of a therapeutic regime of self whereby the stresses and anxieties of contemporary work are pathologised as symptoms of personal ‘spiritual’ deficiencies, giving no consideration to how they may be symptoms of broader structural problems. The emphasis in Heine’s Buddhist-inflected discourse of spirituality is placed overwhelmingly on the individual’s capacity to exercise ‘free choice’ to attain personal achievements and wellbeing. That the parameters for choosing are already shaped by inequitable, exploitative socioeconomic relations remains unquestioned, as evidenced by the following advice on issues that may arise with the overworked or underpaid employee: The Zen Mind or Unmoving Mind contributes to the successful professional’s leadership skills by at once sharpening the ability to negotiate the intricacies of the channels of hierarchy and stimulating charisma or free-flowing creativity that is unbounded by rules and protocol.

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