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The Social Organization of Zen Practice : Constructing Transcultural Reality - David L. Preston

The Social Organization of Zen Practice

Constructing Transcultural Reality

Hardcover Published: 16th April 2014
ISBN: 9780521350006
Number Of Pages: 190

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Preston provides both a first-hand account and a theoretical analysis of the way an American Zen community works. The form Zen practice takes in the United States is described in detail through close study of two Zen groups in southern California. Preston leads readers through the buildings and grounds of a Zen residential community and introduces them to the main forms of Zen practice, paying special attention to the styles and implications of meditation. The book's second half develops a theory of the nature of religious reality as it is shared by Zen practitioners. Prestonattempts to explain how this reality--based on a group's ethnography yet at the same time transcending it--relates to meditation and other elements of Zen practice by drawing on the notions of ritual, practice, emotions, and the unconscious found in the writings of Pierre Bourdieu, Randall Collins, Erving Goffman, and Emile Durkheim.

Foreword Randall Collins
Preface
A Sociological View of Zen
Approaching the study of religion
On going native
A Profile of Zen Membership and Formal Orgainzation in Southern California
A profile of Zen membership
The physical layout of a Zen center
Formal organization and staff
The Zen Teacher
The teacher
Daily schedule
Interaction with students
What is Zen?
Learning about Zen
Varieties of Zen practice
Zen viewed sociologically
Zen practice
Meditation as a Social Phenomenon: I
Becoming a Zen practitioner
Consequences of meditative practice
Becker's model
Meditation as a Social Phenomenon II
The social constructionist view
Meditation defined 18. Some consequences of meditative practice
Doing Zen Meditation
Sudnow's view of improvised conduct
Using Sudnow to see Zen practice sociologically
The social organization of Zen meditation
Problems in Zen practice
An experience of sitting meditation
The Social Organization of Zen Meditative Ritual Practice and its Consequences
Bourdieu's concept of habitus
Ritual, self-transformation, and reality construction
The Meanings of Zen Practice
Subjective (conscious) meaning
Objective (unconscious) meaning
Summary and Conclusions
Appendix
Notes
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521350006
ISBN-10: 052135000X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 190
Published: 16th April 2014
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 15.49  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.48

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