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Zen

Zen

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ZEN:
a
By
ERNEST
BECKER,
Ph.D.
The
appeal
of
Zen
to
a
variety
of
West-
erners
both
dilettantes
and
profes-
sionals
has
been
increasingly
evidentand,
to
some,
has
become
amatter
of
concern.
Zen
typifies
an
Eastern
approach
to
problem-solving
that
is
at
the
opposite
pole
fromWestern
ideals:
the
human
being,puppetlike,
manipulates
himself
in
the
hope
of
coercing
his
environment.
Steeped
in
a
traditionof
magical
omni-
potence,theZennist
seeks
to
bring
other-
worldly
power
to
bear
on
this-worldly
problems.
To
the
question
"Does
Zen
hold
forth
something
of
value
to
the
West?"
this
book
makes
an
unremittinglynegative
answer.
Zen,
Dr.
Becker
remarks.,
has
thus
far
escapedunscathed
from
tradi-
tional
Western
skepticism
about
irrational
and
antirational
approaches
to
human
understanding.
In
this
book,
he
provides
a
much
needed
clarification
of
perspec-
tive.
He
gives
a
fresh
view
of
Zen's
origins
(Continued
on
back
flap)
 
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