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Zen Masters of China: The First Step East

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andlt;iandgt;Zen Masters of Chinaandlt;/iandgt; 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 through Buddhist Chinese culture, it also tells a larger story: how, in taking the first step east from India to China, Buddhism began to be Zen.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;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 beyond religious practice and a mystery and authenticity that appeal to a wide range of readers.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Placed in chronological order, these stories tell the story of Zen itself, how it traveled from West to East with each Zen master to the next, but also how it was transformed in that journey, from an Indian practice to something different in Chinese Buddhism (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.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;iandgt;Zen Masters of Chinaandlt;/iandgt; 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 koan and story, illuminates how Zen became what it is today.

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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 beyond religious practice and a mystery and authenticity that appeal to a wide range of readers.

Placed in chronological order, these 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.

About the Author

andlt;bandgt;Rick McDanielandlt;/Bandgt; was born in Indiana and attended college in New Brunswick, Canada, where he continues to live. He taught at the University of New Brunswick and Saint Thomas University before working in International Development with the YMCA. He is the creator of the YMCA Peace Medallion. He is also the creator and author of a five-part documentary series, andlt;Iandgt;80/20: A Developing Worldandlt;/iandgt; and coauthor of the textbook andlt;Iandgt;A Two Way Approach to Understanding: Issues in Global Educationandlt;/Iandgt;. Dr. McDaniel studies at the Montreal Zen Center with teacher Albert Low.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780804842822
Author:
Mcdaniel, Richard Bryan
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Author:
Low, Albert
Author:
McDaniel, Richard Bryan
Subject:
General Religion
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Zen Buddhism
Subject:
Zen buddhism
Subject:
Zen; koans; Zen history; Zen masters; Zen stories
Subject:
Buddhist; Zen Buddhism; koan; Chinese culture; koans; Zen master; Chinese Buddhism
Edition Description:
Hardcover with Jacket
Series:
No Series
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
over 300 Zen stories and koans; 21 bandw
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8 x 5.13 in

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Education » Writing
Humanities » Philosophy » General
Religion » Comparative Religion » General
Religion » Eastern Religions » Buddhism » Zen Buddhism
Religion » Eastern Religions » Japanese Philosophy

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Product details 320 pages Tuttle Publishing - English 9780804842822 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , 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 beyond religious practice and a mystery and authenticity that appeal to a wide range of readers.

Placed in chronological order, these 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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