The problem of communicating Zen understanding: A microanalysis of teacher-student interviews in a North American Zen monastery

Richard Buttny, Thomas L. Isbell

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Abstract

Sometimes the dialogue which you read in koans or the dialogue that takes place in the interview room doesn't make sense, it's not intended to make sense because it's not a rational, linear sequential thing, this Bodhidharma, whatever you think it is it's not. It's not an idea, it's not a concept, it's alive and it's working. How to see that, how to express that is what the dynamics of interview, of Dharma talk are about.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-309
Number of pages23
JournalHuman Studies
Volume14
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Philosophy

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