Author(s): Manu Bazzano
Drawing on Zen as well as on Nietzsches thought and its ramifications in and for western culture, this book is a fervent call for a re-visioning of philosophy as vocation. The author is critical of the status quo and committed to intellectual integrity; the result is a creative and adventurous enterprise which is no longer exclusively identified with academia or with the methodology of logic. Filtered through Nietzsches hammer -- by which he sounded out gods old and new -- Buddhism in the West can avoid the pitfalls which emerged during its gestation period in the twentieth century: otherworldly spiritualism, conservatism, denial of the body. The philosophy of European Zen advocated by Manu Bazzano in 'Buddha is Dead: Nietzsche and the Dawn of European Zen' is an unconditional affirmation of living and dying to their fullest. It is an extraordinary fertile viewpoint that will be appreciated by all those who are interested in Eastern philosophy and religions, and who seek life-affirming wisdom.
"Illuminates the common radicalism, non-conformity and insistence on honesty and integrity that underpin what is most challenging and provocative in the two traditions of Buddhism in general (and Zen Buddhism in particular) and the tradition (or anti-tradition) in Western philosophy that finds its most exultant spokesman in the figure of Friedrich Nietzsche." -- Stephen Batchelor, author of the bestselling Buddhism Without Beliefs
Manu Bazzano has edited two bestselling poetry anthologies, "Haiku for Lovers "and "Zen Poems." He recently translated "The Way of Awakening," a comprehensive commentary on the great classic of Buddhist literature, and is the editor of the Zen quarterly "Hazy Moon."