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Tian Chen Research paper ENGL102 11/28/11 How Chinese philosophy affected Japanese literature and American literature According to many literacy works, we can find out that philosophy always has close relation with literacy. In this research paper, the main idea is to compare literature work that is influenced by Zen Buddhism philosophy and concluded to the idea how Asian philosophy broadcast to American and affect American literature. Zen Buddhism is very important culture legacy in China and even in ancient Asia. As I know, my grandmother is Buddhism. She goes to temple regularly, sacrifice pork’s, fish and fruits for goodness. But Zen Buddhism is not only a religion belief it is also the enrichment of Asian philosophy. According to the essay, "Zen Buddhism,” in Heilbrunn Timeline of Art 1 | P a g e
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History , “Zen teaches that enlightenment is achieved through the profound realization that one is already an enlightened being.” To my understanding, everyone is capable of enlightened by ancient wisdom, but you can only reach your enlightenment by figure out who you really are and what you truly want, and let go of all the rage from the outside world (page. 3). According to the essay Zen has an interesting historic development, “Zen was original from India and formalize in China. Then Zen was transmitted from China to Japan. And Zen took root in Japan in thirteenth century. It is not only the religion practice Buddhism was transmitted to japan, as well as Chinese literature, calligraphy, philosophy, and ink painting. Many Japanese disciples have traveled to China for further study.” After Zen was transmitted to japan, American scholar Snyder came to japan, study Japanese culture and he introduced Zen to American. In 1960s, Zen is very popular among the beat generation. Quoted from a Brief Explanation by Eido Tai Shimano Roshi Abbot of The Zen Studies Society, “Zen is the special transmission of Zen is the realization of the Buddha's enlightenment itself, in one's own life, in one's own time (page. 5).” Zen is the spirituals center, where you believed that you are the master of your life, not social status, not money, not grades, just who you really are. Zen help people reach the inner peace when you are disturbed by the noises beyond your heart. Roy Starrs, who teaches Japanese studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand, his essay “Zen and the art of statecraft: foreign observers have long been baffled by Japan's self- discipline in the face of multiple disasters, from earthquakes and tsunamis to the financial crash. But such fatalism can hinder democracy.” This essay said that the sense of life as transient and fragile was elaborated into a more formal philosophy by Dogen (1200-53), the 2 | P a g e
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Thomas Aquinas of Zen Buddhism. Dogen's philosophy is one of impermanence and emptiness, or non-essentialism: it is not only nature that has no fixed or permanent identity; neither does man. "The thought of enlightenment .
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