[Buddha-l] Zen War Guilt/Zen and the Sword

Richard Hayes richard.p.hayes at comcast.net
Tue Aug 23 16:20:51 MDT 2005

On Tue, 2005-08-23 at 12:06 -0400, curt wrote:

> Said was one of the few great American intellectuals of the 20th
> century - so its no wonder he was a foreigner! His work stands
> on its own and I feel no need, nor am I competent, to offer any
> hints about its value.

You evade questions the way George W. Bush evades truth and
responsibility. No one asked you to assess the value of Said's work as a
whole. What you were asked is what the value of his work is for a
Buddhist scholar or a Buddhist. It seems to me that none of the things
he was whining about, all of which had to do with the allegedly negative
characterization of Arabs by Western scholars who had bought into the
project of colonizing the Middle East, can be applied to Western ways of
thinking or talking or writing about Buddhism. But if I am wrong about
this, I'm also willing to learn. So please give me a hint.

Richard Hayes

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