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Pao-Yuan Tso Sec: 104 10/14/2008 Gregory Levine, “Two (or More) Truths: Reconsidering Zen Art in the West” Awakenings (2007): 35-51 Japanese Zen, a school of Buddhism that aspires to seek enlightenment and awakening through meditation and spiritual practices, has been established and widely acknowledged throughout the world, spreading rapidly, especially after the postwar period, from Asia to the West. However, interpretations and functions of Zen Art from culture to culture vary immensely. Zen Art is of different value and definition to different groups of individuals (57). While Japanese Zen paintings and calligraphy are to agnostics often admirable, aesthetic works of spiritual value, they are to religious individuals, such as monks and nuns, saintly relics, which
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Unformatted text preview: should not be replicated or sold. While it may seem like Zen Art is devoid of a customary identity agreed upon and justified by individuals of different cultures, it certain benefits the general crowd, encouraging everyone to craft their own theories and rejuvenate their wisdom (59). Levine’s referring to authorities, such as Art historians, strengthens his argument. His argument about Zen Art’s potentially advantageous ambiguity in addition to his thorough analysis of different standpoints is very illuminative and motivating, triggering me to start asking questions....
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