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Buddhism and Cultural Studies

A Profession of Faith

  • Edwin Ng

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About this book

Introduction

This book explores the reciprocity between Buddhist, Derridean, and Foucauldian understandings about ethics, subjectivity, and ontological contingency, to investigate the ethical and political potential of insight meditation practice. The book is narrated from the perspective of a postcolonial ‘Western Buddhist’ convert who, despite growing up in Singapore where Buddhism was a part of his disaporic ‘Chinese’ ancestral heritage, only embraced Buddhism when he migrated to Australia and discovered Western translations of Buddhist teachings. Through an autoethnography of the author’s Buddhist-inspired pursuit of an academic profession, the book develops and professes a non-doctrinal understanding of faith that may be pertinent to ‘believers’ and ‘non-believers’ alike, inviting the academic reader in particular to consider the (unacknowledged) role of faith in supporting scholarly practice. Striking a careful balance between critical analysis and self-reflexive inquiry, the book performs in all senses of the word, a profession of faith.

Keywords

Engaged Buddhism spirituality secularism of cultural studies ethics of cultural studies politics of spirituality White Collar Zen meditative experience Buddhist theology Buddhist critical-constructive reflection Autoethnographical reflections Buddhist modernism Foucault Vipassana Derrida

Authors and affiliations

  • Edwin Ng
    • 1
  1. 1.Deakin UniversityBurwoodAustralia

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