Zen Masters of China The First Step East

ISBN-10: 0804842825
ISBN-13: 9780804842822
Edition: 2012
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List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Publication date: 9/10/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

"Zen Masters of China presents more than 300 traditional Zen stories and koans, far more than any other collection. Retelling them in their proper place in Zen's historical journey, it also tells a larger story: how, in taking the first step east from India to China, Buddhism began to be Zen. The stories of Zen are unlike any other writing, religious or otherwise. Used for centuries by Zen teachers as aids to bring about or deepen the experience of awakening, they have a freshness that goes way beyond religious practice and a mystery and authenticity that appeal to a wide range of readers. The author himself was drawn to Zen through the stories and has been collecting them for forty years. He began this book because he was curious about the relationships between the people you read about in the stories: they are historical figures, masters and students in Zen's long passage from India to China and on to Japan. He realized that, placed in chronological order, the stories tell the story of Zen itself, how it traveled from West to East but also how it was transformed in that journey, from an Indian practice to something different in China (Ch'an) and then more different still in Japan (Zen). The fact that its transmission was so human, from teacher to student in a long chain from West to East, meant that the cultures it passed through inevitably changed it. Zen Masters of China is first and foremost a collection of mind-bending Zen stories and their wisdom. More than that, without academic pretensions or baggage, it recounts the genealogy of Zen Buddhism in China and, through the stories themselves, illuminates how Zen became what it is today. "--

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Preface
Prologue in India
Bodhidharma
Four Patriarchs
Huike
Jianzhi Sengcan
Dayi Daoxin
Niutou Farong
Daman Hongren
Huineng
The Rise of the Southern School
Shenxiu
Huineng (continued)
Nanyang Huizhong
Yingzhen
Qingyuan Xingshi
Nanyue Huairang
Heze Shenhui
Mazu Daoyi
Shitou Xiqian and His Disciples
Shitou Xiqian
Layman Pang (Pangyun)
Tianhuang Daowu
Tanxia Tianran
Cuiwei Wuxue
Yaoshan Weiyan and His Descendants
Yaoshan Weiyan
Yunyan Tansheng
Daowu Yuanjie
Chunzi Decheng
Jiashan Shanhui
Dongshan Liangjie
Dongshan Liangjie
Caoshan Benji
The Heirs of Mazu
Yanguan Qian
Xingshan Weikuan
Dazhu Huihai
Guizong Zhichang
Panshan Baoji
Shigong Huicang
Damei Fachang
The Poets
Hanshan
Shide
Nanquan Puyuan and Baizhang Huaihai
Nanquan Puyuan
Baizhang Huaihai
Zhaozhou Congshen
Zhaozhou Congshen
Zui Jiao
Zhaozhou's Contemporaries.
Huangbo Xiyun
Changsha Jingcen
Hangzhou Tianlong
Jinhua Juzhi
Guishan Lingyou
Guishan's Descendants
Yangshan Huiji
Xiangyan Zhixian
Chanqing Daan
Linji Yixuan
Deshan Xuanjian and His Students
Deshan Xuanjian
Yantou Quanhuo
Xuefeng Yicun
Qinshan Wensui
The Linji Line
Dingzhou Shizang
Sansheng Huiran
Xinghua Cunjiang
Nanyuan Huiyong
Fengxue Yanzhao
Shoushan Xingnian
Fenyang Shanzhao
Shishuang Chuyuan
Yangqi Fanghui
Huanglong Huinan
The Fayan House
Xuansha Shibei
Luohan Chichen
Fayan Wenyi
Tiantai Deshao
Yongming Yanshou
Daoyun
Yunmen Wenyan
Yunmen Wenyan
Muzhou Daozong
Xuefeng Yicun
Dongshan Shouchu
Baling Haojian
Xianglin Chengyuan
The Song Dynasty
Huitang Zuxin
Wuzu Fayan
Yuanwu Keqin
Wu!
Dahui Zonggao
Yuelin Shiguan
Wumen Huikai
Epilogue in Japan
Acknowledgments
Appendix: Wade-Giles and Japanese Variants of the Zen Masters' Names
Notes
Bibliography
Index of Stories

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