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The circle of the way : a concise history of Zen from the Buddha to the modern world

Author: Barbara O'Brien
Publisher: Boulder, Colorado : Shambhala, [2019]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Zen Buddhism has a storied history-Bodhidharma sitting in meditation in a cave for nine years; a would-be disciple cutting off his own arm to get the master's attention; the proliferating schools and intense Dharma combat of the Tang and Song dynasties; Zen nuns and laypeople holding their own against patriarchal lineages; the appearance of new masters in the Zen schools of Korea, Japan, Vietnam, and later the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Barbara O'Brien
ISBN: 9780834842434 0834842432
OCLC Number: 1127540153
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Introduction: A Zen history? --
Buddhism before Zen --
The six (or so) patriarchs --
Zen in the early Tang dynasty --
Zen in the late Tang dynasty --
Classic Zen in the Song dynasty --
Zen Leaves China: Korea and Vietnam --
Early Japanese Buddhism to Eihei Dogen --
The establishment of Japanese Rinzai to the Meiji Restoration --
Zen in the modern world.
Responsibility: Barbara O'Brien.

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"Zen Buddhism has a storied history-Bodhidharma sitting in meditation in a cave for nine years; a would-be disciple cutting off his own arm to get the master's attention; the proliferating schools and intense Dharma combat of the Tang and Song dynasties; Zen nuns and laypeople holding their own against patriarchal lineages; the appearance of new masters in the Zen schools of Korea, Japan, Vietnam, and later the Western world. The Circle of the Way brings clarity to this huge swath of history by charting a middle way between Zen's traditional lore and the findings of modern scholarship. In an accessible and entertaining style, it parses fact from fiction while always attending to the greatest interest of contemporary practitioners-the development of Zen doctrine and practice as a living tradition across cultures and centuries"--

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