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Public Zen, personal Zen : a Buddhist introduction

Author: Peter D Hershock
Publisher: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2014]
Series: Critical issues in world and international history.
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"Among Buddhist traditions, Zen has been remarkably successful in garnering and sustaining interest outside the Buddhist homelands of Asia, and "zen" is now part of the global cultural lexicon. This deeply informed book explores the history of this enduring Japanese tradition - from its beginnings as a form of Buddhist thought and practice imported from China to its reinvention in medieval Japan as a force for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter D Hershock
ISBN: 9781442216129 1442216123
OCLC Number: 860825787
Description: xvii, 271 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Zen Origins. Buddha, Dharma and Sangha from India to China --
The Japanese Transformation of Buddhism --
From Chinese Chan to Japanese Zen --
Public Zen. Rinzai Zen --
Sōtō Zen --
Ōbaku Zen --
Zen in a Modernizing Japan --
Personal Zen. Practicing Zen --
Zen Exemplars: Dōgen, Ikkyū, Hakuin and Ryōkan --
Zen Here and Now.
Series Title: Critical issues in world and international history.
Responsibility: Peter D. Hershock.

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"Among Buddhist traditions, Zen has been remarkably successful in garnering and sustaining interest outside the Buddhist homelands of Asia, and "zen" is now part of the global cultural lexicon. This deeply informed book explores the history of this enduring Japanese tradition - from its beginnings as a form of Buddhist thought and practice imported from China to its reinvention in medieval Japan as a force for religious, political, and cultural change to its role in Japan's embrace of modernity. Going deeper, it also explores Zen through the experiences and teachings of key individuals who shaped Zen as a tradition committed to the embodiment of enlightenment by all. By bringing together Zen's institutional and personal dimensions, Peter D. Hershock offers readers a nuanced yet accessible introduction to Zen as well as distinctive insights into issues that remain relevant today, including the creative tensions between globalization and localization, the interplay of politics and religion, and the possibilities for integrating social transformation with personal liberation."--Jacket.

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