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 e-book is narrated from the viewpoint of a postcolonial ‘Western Buddhist’ convert who, regardless of growing to be up in Singapore the place Buddhism was once part of his disaporic ‘Chinese’ ancestral historical past, in simple terms embraced Buddhism while he migrated to Australia and found Western translations of Buddhist teachings. via an autoethnography of the author’s Buddhist-inspired pursuit of an educational occupation, the booklet develops and professes a non-doctrinal realizing 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 assisting scholarly perform. outstanding a cautious stability among severe research and self-reflexive inquiry, the booklet plays in all senses of the notice, a career of faith.
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The third domain is ‘ethics’, understood as the historically contingent ways in which persons act upon themselves and their relations with others with the aid of practical know-hows. Hence, Foucault (1993: 203) foregrounds technologies of the self, techniques ‘which permit individuals to effect by their own means or with the help of others a certain number of operations on their own bodies and souls, thoughts, conduct and way of being, so as to transform themselves in order to attain a certain state of happiness, purity, wisdom, perfection, or immortality’.
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Buddhism and Cultural Studies: A Profession of Faith by Edwin Ng