Questions in the Making: A Review Essay on Zen and Buddhist Ethics in the Context of Buddhist and Comparative Ethics†
Article first published online: 17 DEC 2002
1999 Journal of Religious Ethics, Inc.
Journal of Religious Ethics
Volume 27, Issue 3, pages 509–536, Fall 1999
How to Cite
Unno, M. T. (1999), Questions in the Making: A Review Essay on Zen and Buddhist Ethics in the Context of Buddhist and Comparative Ethics. Journal of Religious Ethics, 27: 509–536. doi: 10.1111/0384-9694.00030
- Issue published online: 17 DEC 2002
- Article first published online: 17 DEC 2002
- human rights;
- virtue theory;
- Zen Buddhist ethics
In reviewing four works from the 1990s—monographs by Christopher Ives and Phillip Olson on Zen Buddhist ethics, Damien Keown's treatment of Indian Buddhist ethics, and an edited collection on Buddhism and human rights—this article examines recent scholarship on Zen Buddhist ethics in light of issues of Buddhist and comparative ethics. Its highlights selected themes in the notional and real encounter of Zen Buddhism with Western thought and culture as presented in the reviewed works and identifies issues and problems for further consideration, in particular, problems of comparative and cross-cultural understanding and the articulation and redefinition of Zen Buddhist tradition.