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Rude Awakenings: Zen, the Kyoto School, and the Question of Nationalism

EDITED BY JAMES W. HEISIG AND JOHN C. MARALDO HONOLULU: UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII PRESS, 1994 381 PAGES Reviewed by Brian Ruppert Rude Awakenings is a work that addresses the concerns of European and North American scholars who have for at least a decade longed for a well-balanced consideration of the relationships between Zen Buddhists, the philosophical proponents of Zen in the so-called “Kyoto school,” and nationalistic trends in pre-World War II Japan. Most scholars recognize that many fi...

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