"Longing for Darkness" by China Galland and "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" by Robert M Pirsig Comparison Essay by The Research Group

"Longing for Darkness" by China Galland and "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" by Robert M Pirsig
A comparison of the paths to enlightenment and natural processes of spirituality in the two books on knowledge and philosophy in the East and West.
# 21498 | 1,125 words | 2 sources | 1994 | US
Published on Feb 28, 2003 in Literature (American) , English (Comparison)


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"This study will compare and contrast the paths to enlightenment portrayed in two books, Longing for Darkness: Tara and the Black Madonna, by China Galland, and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, by Robert M. Pirsig. The study will consider how the spiritual/philosophical journey toward truth and reality is a natural process and one in which we are all perpetually involved.


Both works tend to emphasize an Eastern approach to wisdom, although Pirsig's journey takes place entirely in the United States, while Galland travels throughout the world, East and West. This Eastern approach to wisdom stresses intuition and experience over dogma or doctrine. Although both authors include many elements of Western religion and thought (especially Greek philosophy in Pirsig and Christian faith in Galland), it would be..."

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