Pruning the Bodhi Tree

The Storm Over Critical Buddhism

Jamie Hubbard & Paul L. Swanson, eds.

Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 1997. xxviii+515 pages.

Zen is not Buddhism. Buddha-nature is not Buddhism. Nor is original enlightenment or the non-duality of the Vimalakirti Sutra or the philosophy of the Kyoto school. For Hakamaya Noriaki and Matsumoto Shirō, these and many other elements of the Buddhist tradition have diluted the critical discrimination of the truth that is the heart of Buddhist realization and social justice.

I am convinced that these essays on the critique of hongaku shisō will have a revolutionary impact on contemporary thought in general and Buddhist studies in particular.

Kamata Shigeo, University of Tokyo

The appearance of this volume will introduce Western readers to issues important not only in Japan, but wherever Buddhism is taught and practiced.

John P. Keenan, Middlebury College