Scholarly and literary explorations of Zen Buddhism

Introduction

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Hi, I’m Ben Van Overmeire. Currently, I’m a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) at the Centre for Buddhist Studies, Ghent University. Currently, I’m working on a book on how modern autobiographical narratives of Zen life incorporate koan, medieval Zen riddles such as “What is the sound of one hand clapping?” or “What was your name before you were born?” Apart from this, I am also interested in samurai, Zen detective novels, Buddhist science fictions, and the quest for sustainable ways of living