How was it, scholars of Buddhism have asked, that a single Zen monk produced such a vast body of commentary, seemingly over the course of generations? The answer lays waste to our modern idea of intellectual property.
Mahāyāna Buddhists believe that there are not ultimate distinctions between one person and the next. Liberals, on the other hand, believe that persons are fundamentally separate. Buddhists apparently deny what liberals seems to affirm; namely, the separateness of persons. How can these views be compatible?
My MA dissertation was about whether Buddhist and liberal approaches to ethics can be reconciled, or whether they are pulling in different directions. I discussed a number of ways they could be reconciled before finally concluding that the task is probably futile given the practical differences of each world-view.