Zen Masters of China The First Step East
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Description: "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. "--
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Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Publication date: 9/10/2012
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
|List of Illustrations|
|Prologue in India|
|The Rise of the Southern School|
|Shitou Xiqian and His Disciples|
|Layman Pang (Pangyun)|
|Yaoshan Weiyan and His Descendants|
|The Heirs of Mazu|
|Nanquan Puyuan and Baizhang Huaihai|
|Deshan Xuanjian and His Students|
|The Linji Line|
|The Fayan House|
|The Song Dynasty|
|Epilogue in Japan|
|Appendix: Wade-Giles and Japanese Variants of the Zen Masters' Names|
|Index of Stories|