Golden Age of Zen Zen Masters of the T'Ang Dynasty

ISBN-10: 0941532445
ISBN-13: 9780941532440
Edition: 2003
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Description: A classic, examining the history of the great Chinese Zen masters of the 7th through 10th century.

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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: World Wisdom, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/8/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946

A classic, examining the history of the great Chinese Zen masters of the 7th through 10th century.

Born in France, Thomas Merton was the son of an American artist and poet and her New Zealander husband, a painter. Merton lost both parents before he had finished high school, and his younger brother was killed in World War II. Something of the ephemeral character of human endeavor marked all his works, deepening the pathos of his writings and drawing him close to Eastern, especially Buddhist, forms of monasticism. After an initial education in the United States, France, and England, he completed his undergraduate degree at Columbia University. His parents, nominally friends, had given him little religious guidance, and in 1938, he converted to Roman Catholicism. The following year he received an M.A. from Columbia University and in 1941, he entered Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky, where he remained until a short time before his death. His working life was spent as a Trappist monk. At Gethsemani, he wrote his famous autobiography, "The Seven Storey Mountain" (1948); there he labored and prayed through the days and years of a constant regimen that began with daily prayer at 2:00 a.m. As his contemplative life developed, he still maintained contact with the outside world, his many books and articles increasing steadily as the years went by. Reading them, it is hard to think of him as only a "guilty bystander," to use the title of one of his many collections of essays. He was vehement in his opposition to the Vietnam War, to the nuclear arms race, to racial oppression. Having received permission to leave his monastery, he went on a journey to confer with mystics of the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. He was accidentally electrocuted in a hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, on December 10, 1968.

Foreword
Preface
Introduction: A Christian Looks at Zen
Zen: Its Origin and its Significance
Bodhidharma, the "Wall-Gazing Brahman," and His Immediate Successors
Hui-Neng the Sixth Patriarch
Hui-Neng's Fundamental Insights
Ma-tsu Tao-i
Pai-chang and Huang-po
Ts'ung-Shen of Chao-chou
Outstanding Masters in the Lineage of Shih-t'ou
Kuei-shan Ling-yu: Founder of the Kuei-yang House
Tung-shan Liang-chieh: Founder of the T'sao-tung House
Lin-chi I-hsuan: Founder of the Lin-chi House
Yun-men Wen-yen: Founder of the Yun-men House
Fa-yen Wen-i: Founder of the Fa-yen House
Epilogue: Little Sparks of Zen
Correspondence with D. T. Suzuki
Biographical Notes
Index

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