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Swampland Flowers

Author : Zonggao
ISBN : 9781590303184
Genre : Religion
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The writings of the twelfth-century Chinese Zen master Ta Hui are as immediately accessible as those of any contemporary teacher, and this book, which introduced them to the English-speaking world in the 1970s, has become a modern classic—a regular feature of recommended reading lists for Zen centers across America, even though the book has become difficult to find. We are happy to make the book available again after more than a decade of scarcity. J. C. Cleary's translation is as noteworthy for its elegant simplicity as for its accuracy. He has culled from the voluminous writings of Ta Hui Tsung Kao in the Chi Yeuh Lu this selection of letters, sermons, and lectures, some running no longer than a page, which cover a variety of subjects ranging from concern over the illness of a friend's son to the tending of an ox. Ta Hui addresses his remarks mainly to people in lay life and not to his fellow monks. Thus the emphasis throughout is on ways in which those immersed in worldly occupations can nevertheless learn Zen and achieve the liberation promised by the Buddha. These texts, available in English only in this translation, come as a revelation for their lucid thinking and startling wisdom. The translator's essay on Chan (Chinese Zen) Buddhism and his short biography of Ta Hui place the texts in their proper historical perspective.

Zen Master Who

Author : James Ishmael Ford
ISBN : 9780861715091
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Zen Master Who? is the first-ever book to provide a history of Zen's arrival in North America, surveying the shifts and challenges to Zen as it finds its Western home. With the exception of parts of Rick Field's How the Swans Came to the Lake, there has been no previous attempt to write this chronicle. James Ishmael Ford begins by tracing Zen's history in Asia, looking at some of Zen's most seminal figures--the Sixth Ancestor Huineng, Dogen Zenji (the founder of the Soto Zen school), Hakuin Ekaku (the great reformer of the Rinzai koan way), and many others--and then outlines the state of Zen in North America today. Clear-eyed and even-handed, Ford shows us the history and development of the institution of Zen--both its beauty and its warts. Ford also outlines the many subtle differences in teachings, training, ordination, and transmission among schools and lineages. This book will aid those looking for a Zen center or a teacher, but who may not know where to start. Suggesting what might be possible, skillful, and fruitful in our communities, it will also be of use to those who lead the Zen centers of today and tomorrow.

Zen Letters

Author : Yuanwu
ISBN : UVA:X002451720
Genre : Religion
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Letters written by the great Chinese master Yuanwu present the teachings of Zen in accessible, person-to-person lessons and reveal the inner workings of the psychology of enlightenment

Clouds Thick Whereabouts Unknown

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ISBN : 9780231520980
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Compiled by a leading scholar of Chinese poetry, Clouds Thick, Whereabouts Unknown is the first collection of Chan (Zen) poems to be situated within Chan thought and practice. Combined with exquisite paintings by Charles Chu, the anthology compellingly captures the ideological and literary nuances of works that were composed, paradoxically, to "say more by saying less," and creates an unparalleled experience for readers of all backgrounds. Clouds Thick, Whereabouts Unknown includes verse composed by monk-poets of the eighth to the seventeenth centuries. Their style ranges from the direct vernacular to the evocative and imagistic. Egan's faithful and elegant translations of poems by Han Shan, Guanxiu, and Qiji, among many others, do justice to their perceptions and insights, and his detailed notes and analyses unravel centuries of Chan metaphor and allusion. In these gems, monk-poets join mainstream ideas on poetic function to religious reflection and proselytizing, carving out a distinct genre that came to influence generations of poets, critics, and writers. The simplicity of Chan poetry belies its complex ideology and sophisticated language, elements Egan vividly explicates in his religious and literary critique. His interpretive strategies enable a richer understanding of Mahayana Buddhism, Chan philosophy, and the principles of Chinese poetry.

The Original Face

Author : Thomas F. Cleary
ISBN : UVA:X006072222
Genre : Philosophy
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Surveys Japanese Rinzai Zen teachings from the thirteenth to the eighteenth centuries through treatises and sermons on enlightment through astonishment and paradox

Classics Of Buddhism And Zen Transmission Of Light Unlocking The Zen Koan The Original Face Timeless Spring Zen Antics Record Of Things Heard Sleepless Nights

Author : Thomas F. Cleary
ISBN : UOM:39015054150951
Genre : Buddhism
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Tracing Back The Radiance

Author : Chinul
ISBN : 0824814274
Genre : Religion
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Chinul (1158–1210) was the founder of the Korean tradition of Zen. He provides one of the most lucid and accessible accounts of Zen practice and meditation to be found anywhere in East Asian literature. Tracing Back the Radiance, an abridgment of Buswell’s Korean Approach to Zen: The Collected Works of Chinul, combines an extensive introduction to Chinul’s life and thought with translations of three of his most representative works.

Zen Sourcebook

Author : Stephen Addiss
ISBN : STANFORD:36105124103065
Genre : History
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Introduction by Paula Arai. This is the first collection to offer selections from the foundational texts of the Chinese, Korean, and Japanese Zen traditions in a single volume. Through representative selections from their poetry, letters, sermons, and visual arts, the most important Zen Masters provide students with an engaging, cohesive introduction to the first 1200 years of this rich -- and often misunderstood -- tradition. A general introduction and notes provide historical, biographical, and cultural context; a note on translation, and a glossary of terms are also included.

Sudden And Gradual

Author : Peter N. Gregory
ISBN : UVA:X001298604
Genre : History
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Emerson And Zen Buddhism

Author : John G. Rudy
ISBN : STANFORD:36105110380404
Genre : Religion
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What CHOICE says: Like many other titles in this Mellen series, Rudy's volume defies definition as a straightforward piece of literary analysis. Emerson had an understanding and appreciation of Buddhism, and Rudy considers Emerson not as a literary essayist and poet but as a spiritual guide for contemporary readers. He sees parallels between Emerson's implied lessons and his preferred state of consciousness with those of Zen Buddhism. Rudy's book is not an examination of the influence of Eastern thought on Emerson. Such a study was written as early as 1932 by Arthur Christy (The Orient in American Transcendentalism). Instead, focusing on Emerson's major essays, Rudy shows how Emerson's mind worked in similar ways to those of the Zen masters. Both Emerson and the Zen masters did the spiritual work of "emptying" in striving to achieve what the Buddhists call "nonattachment." Rudy works to establish a dialog between the East and the West through Emerson and implies a validation of the meditative dynamics of "voidist" spirituality by finding connections between the two. Like Richard Geldard's The Esoteric Emerson: The Spiritual Teaching of Ralph Waldo Emerson (1993), Rudy's book updates Emerson for the contemporary seeker. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.

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