Reply to LaFleur

Steven Heine
volume 36
p. 287
(c) by University of Hawaii Press

p. 287 The Karma of Words will undoubtedly stand as an original and significant study of the multiple historical and conceptual connections between Japanese literature and Buddhist thought. Professor LaFleur attempts inventively to construct methodological bridges across terrain long overlooked in a field somewhat plagued by overspecialization, without sacrificing familiarity with or sensitivity to either philosophical/religious or literary perspectives and attitudes. It was in the larger context of clarifying the difficulty in establishing philosophical dialogue between seemingly dispartate traditions that my comments were made concerning some aspects of the work's internal continuity as well as its approach to certain Buddhist themes. I hope that the creative accomplishments of The Karma of Words are neither diminished nor concealed by this critical discussion.