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eBook ☆ A Modern Western Perspective æ Join or create book clubs The Buddha and Aristotle offer competing visions of the best possible life to which human beings can aspire In this volume Seth Zuihō Segall compares Theravāda and Mahāyāna accounts of enlightenment with Aristotelian and neo Aristotelian accounts of eudaimonia and p Intelligent and spiritual Comprehensive and concise Evocative and provocative Not a syllable is wasted by the author in this text that has brought me to a place of blessed self assessment and insight This old catholic schoolgirl is fully engaged The writer word by word carves out a soulful yet pragmatic niche from which a model emerges of the virtuous enlightenedlife East and West are knitted together developing a vision of a 21st century well lived life

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mobi Å Buddhism and Human Flourishing A Modern Western Perspective ê eyltransferservices î ❴Download❵ ➹ Buddhism and Human Flourishing: A Modern Western Perspective Author Join or create book clubs – Eyltransferservices.co.uk The Buddha and Aristotle offe Roposes a syncretic model of eudaimonic enlightenment that given prevalent Western beliefs about well being and human flourishing provides a credible new end goal for modern Western Buddhist practice He then demonstrates how this proposed synthesis is already deeply ref WHAT IT'S ABOUTIf we understand what Seth Segall means by Human Flourishing all the other terms in the title of his most recent work fall in place like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle and tell the reader what the book is about It is like the Prajnaparamita which has short and shorter versions and finally is condensed into a single letterThe author says in the preface that his book is “about the tension between Buddhist and Western conceptions of what it means to live the best possible kind of life one can aspire to” according to the Greek concept of eudaimonia or human flourishingWHY IT’S WORTHYMr Segall studied Zen and other practices with several teachers and Rev Daiken Nelson Sensei ordained him His book is dedicated to the memories of Ruth Denison Ferris Urbanowski and Toni Packer “three remarkable women who introduced him to Vipassanā mindfulness and meditative inuiry”The author is an erudite in wide ranging areas of Buddhist study and practice and several other fields exhibiting the mind of a polymath An books blurb discloses that he is “a Zen Buddhist priest and psychologist who taught at four universities including nearly three decades on the clinical faculty of the Yale school of Medicine and directed the psychology department of a large urban northeastern hospital He is the authoreditor of Encountering Buddhism Western Psychology and Buddhist Teachings SUNY Press 2003 He writes about Buddhist philosophy psychology ethics art history social engagement and practice for his blog ‘The Existential Buddhist’ and is the science writer for the Mindfulness Research Monthly” His latest book is Living Zen ¬– A Practical Guide to a Balanced Existence and I’m looking forward to reading itMr Segall dazzles the reader with his diaphanous writing style which has delighted me in his other writings as well He shines a light on the development of Buddhism in the West and offers his views on the direction it could take to strengthen its roots in new soil In this regard he reminds me of Roshi Kapleau and his firm belief that Buddhism had to change because everything changes and Indian trappings were swapped once for Tibetan and Indian trappings and then Japanese and Korean etc so why shouldn’t it reflect now the conditions and circumstances of the West?The author transports the reader over considerable territories of Aristotelian philosophy in an engaging manner comparing and contrasting it with the Buddhist path of living the right life The great challenge for us as Western practitioners he says is “how to make Buddhist practice our own—how to make it something we can fully endorse without inner division or pretense”Verdict highly recommendedAMAURY CRUZ

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Buddhism and Human Flourishing A Modern Western PerspectiveLected in contemporary Western Buddhist rhetoric Segall re evaluates traditional Buddhist teachings on desire attachment aversion nirvāṇa and selfhood from the eudaimonic enlightenment perspective and explores the perspective’s ethical and metaphysical implications Over the last few decades scholars have brought us new insights into how we as Westerners might best understand and interpret eastern religious traditions Buddhism and Human Flourishing A Modern Western Perspective is a welcome addition to this growing collection Following in the footsteps of other scholars Zuihō’s asks the important and fundamental uestion How might we best interpret an oriental religion—Buddhism—from an occidental perspective? After all our perspectives as Westerners are not only distinctly intrinsic to our mode of interpreting ourselves and our world they are sometimes radically different from oriental conceptualizationsZuihō offers valuable insights from his diverse experience as a Soto Zen priest clinical psychologist science writer and chaplain His vast knowledge of philosophy psychology and therapy coupled with a deep devotion to Zen Buddhism and seasoned experience as an educator have brought us a book that is both illuminating and engaging on many levels He clearly demonstrates that we as Westerners do not need to abandon our Western notions of “human flourishing” in the “Aristotelian” sense in order to comprehend Eastern notions of enlightenment and that in fact to do so is potentially harmful “putting us at risk for an inner dividedness in which we half believe in any number of contrasting and incompatible ideas”While a thoroughly enjoyable and educational read Zuihō’s central views about Buddhism revolve largely around the meme of enlightenment which he approaches not so much from the perspective of mysticism but from effort “wrestling with the idea and trying to make sense of it” He offers a clearly developed approach to understanding enlightenment from what he calls an eudaimonic model which to his credit connects well with the Western psyche His discussion of the topic is well rounded and he offers many views on the experience and meaning of enlightenment including descriptions of the experience from others It is nonetheless my view that enlightenment cannot be understood rationally and that trying to do so is “like studying Mars with Binoculars We can know there’s something there but we can’t know much about it in any detail” Exploring Chan 2019 Yet considering that enlightenment—spiritual awakening—is indeed a central theme of Mahayana Buddhism how are we to understand it when the rational mind and spiritual mind each perceive different kinds of realities? Zuihō tackles the subject with a tenacity humility and reverence that will likely engage many Western readers seeking answers to this perplexing uestion