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Author Van Schaik, Sam.

Title The spirit of Zen / Sam Van Schaik
Published New Haven : Yale University Press, 2019


Description 1 online resource (xiv, 255 pages)
Series The sacred literature series
Sacred literature series.
Contents Part I. Introducing Zen. The practice of Zen ; Zen and the West ; The history of Zen ; The lost texts of Zen ; Early Zen meditation - Part II. The masters of the Lanka. Manuscripts and translation ; Jingjue: student of emptiness ; Guṇabhadra: introducing the Laṅkāvatāra ; Bodhidharma: sudden and gradual ; Huike: the Buddha within ; Sengcan: heaven in a grain of sand ; Daoxin I: how to sit ; Daoxin II: teachings for beginners ; Hongren: the Buddha in everything ; Shenxiu: Zen in the world
Summary An engaging introduction to Zen Buddhism, featuring a new English translation of one of the earliest Zen texts Leading Buddhist scholar Sam van Schaik explores the history and essence of Zen, based on a new translation of one of the earliest surviving collections of teachings by Zen masters. These teachings, titled The Masters and Students of the Lanka, were discovered in a sealed cave on the old Silk Road, in modern Gansu, China, in the early twentieth century. All more than a thousand years old, the manuscripts have sometimes been called the Buddhist Dead Sea Scrolls, and their translation has opened a new window onto the history of Buddhism. Both accessible and illuminating, this book explores the continuities between the ways in which Zen was practiced in ancient times, and how it is practiced today in East Asian countries such as Japan, China, Korea, and Vietnam, as well as in the emerging Western Zen tradition
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 244-249) and index
Notes In English
Print version record
Subject Zen Buddhism -- History
Zen Buddhism.
Zen literature -- China -- Dunhuang Caves
RELIGION -- Buddhism -- Zen (see also PHILOSOPHY -- Zen)
Zen literature
Zen Buddhism
China -- Dunhuang Caves
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780300240511