From Chinese Chan to Japanese Zen

From Chinese Chan to Japanese Zen
Author: Steven Heine
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2017-10-04
ISBN: 0190637498
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

From Chinese Chan to Japanese Zen Book Excerpt:

From Chinese Chan to Japanese Zen investigates the remarkable century that lasted from 1225 to 1325, during which the transformation of the Chinese Chan school of Buddhism into the Japanese Zen sect was successfully completed. Steven Heine reveals how this school of Buddhism, which started half a millennium earlier as a mystical utopian cult for reclusive monks, gained a broad following among influential lay followers in both China and Japan.

Zen Ritual

Zen Ritual
Author: Steven Heine,Dale S. Wright
Publsiher: OUP USA
Total Pages: 337
Release: 2008
ISBN: 0195304675
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Zen Ritual Book Excerpt:

Written by prominent scholars, this text covers rituals from the early Chan period to modern Japan and key developments that occurred in the Linji/Rinzai and Caodon/Soto schools. It describes how rituals mould the lives of its practitioners in accordance with the ideal of Zen awakening.

Visions of Power

Visions of Power
Author: Bernard Faure
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2020-10-06
ISBN: 0691219567
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Visions of Power Book Excerpt:

Bernard Faure's previous works are well known as guides to some of the more elusive aspects of the Chinese tradition of Chan Buddhism and its outgrowth, Japanese Zen. Continuing his efforts to look at Chan/Zen with a full array of postmodernist critical techniques, Faure now probes the imaginaire, or mental universe, of the Buddhist Soto Zen master Keizan Jokin (1268-1325). Although Faure's new book may be read at one level as an intellectual biography, Keizan is portrayed here less as an original thinker than as a representative of his culture and an example of the paradoxes of the Soto school. The Chan/Zen doctrine that he avowed was allegedly reasonable and demythologizing, but he lived in a psychological world that was just as imbued with the marvelous as was that of his contemporary Dante Alighieri. Drawing on his own dreams to demonstrate that he possessed the magical authority that he felt to reside also in icons and relics, Keizan strove to use these "visions of power" to buttress his influence as a patriarch. To reveal the historical, institutional, ritual, and visionary elements in Keizan's life and thought and to compare these to Soto doctrine, Faure draws on largely neglected texts, particularly the Record of Tokoku (a chronicle that begins with Keizan's account of the origins of the first of the monasteries that he established) and the kirigami, or secret initiation documents.

Zen Buddhist Rhetoric in China Korea and Japan

Zen Buddhist Rhetoric in China  Korea  and Japan
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: BRILL
Total Pages: 492
Release: 2011-11-25
ISBN: 9004206280
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Zen Buddhist Rhetoric in China Korea and Japan Book Excerpt:

Through a diachronic and comparative approach this book offers a comprehensive study of Zen Buddhist linguistic and rhetoric devices in China, Korea, and Japan. It draws a vivid picture of the complexity of Zen Buddhist literary production in interaction with doctrinal and ritual issues, as well as in response to the sociopolitical contexts.

Reimagining Zen in a Secular Age

Reimagining Zen in a Secular Age
Author: André van der Braak
Publsiher: BRILL
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2020-08-03
ISBN: 9004435085
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Reimagining Zen in a Secular Age Book Excerpt:

In Reimagining Zen in a Secular Age André van der Braak uses Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age to describe the encounter between Japanese Zen Buddhism and Western modernity. He proposes how Dōgen’s thought offers resources for a reimagining of Zen.

The Theory and Practice of Zen Buddhism

The Theory and Practice of Zen Buddhism
Author: Charles S. Prebish
Publsiher: Springer Nature
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2022
ISBN: 9811682860
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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The Rhetoric of Immediacy

The Rhetoric of Immediacy
Author: Bernard Faure
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2021-06-08
ISBN: 1400844266
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Rhetoric of Immediacy Book Excerpt:

Through a highly sensitive exploration of key concepts and metaphors, Bernard Faure guides Western readers in appreciating some of the more elusive aspects of the Chinese tradition of Chan Buddhism and its outgrowth, Japanese Zen. He focuses on Chan's insistence on "immediacy"--its denial of all traditional mediations, including scripture, ritual, good works--and yet shows how these mediations have always been present in Chan. Given this apparent duplicity in its discourse, Faure reveals how Chan structures its practice and doctrine on such mental paradigms as mediacy/immediacy, sudden/gradual, and center/margins.

Public Zen Personal Zen

Public Zen  Personal Zen
Author: Peter D. Hershock, Asian Studies Development Program
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 290
Release: 2014-03-14
ISBN: 144221614X
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Public Zen Personal Zen Book Excerpt:

This deeply informed book introduces the basic teachings and practices of Buddhism and their spread across Asia. Peter D. Hershock explores the history of the enduring Japanese tradition of Zen—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. He deftly blends historical detail with the felt experiences of Zen practitioners grappling with the meanings of human suffering, personal freedom, and the integration of social and spiritual progress.

History of Zen

History of Zen
Author: Yu-hsiu Ku
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 210
Release: 2016-11-23
ISBN: 9811011303
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

History of Zen Book Excerpt:

This book tells about the "History of Zen" in China and Japan. It has altogether 16 chapters. The first eight chapters are about Zen in China and the later eight chapters about Zen in Japan. It is mainly concerned with a detailed account of inheriting lineage and sermons of different Zen schools and sects in China and Japan as well as the specific facts of Chinese monks crossing over to Japan for preaching and Japanese monks coming to China for studying. Chan (Zen) Buddhism first arose in China some fifteen hundred years ago, with Bodhidarma or Daruma being the First Patriarch. It would go on to become the dominant form of Buddhism in China in the late Tang Dynasty, absorbing China’s local culture to form a kind of Zen Buddhism with Chinese characteristics. Zen Buddhism has not only exerted considerable influence on Chinese society and culture throughout its history, but has also found its way into Japan and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The lineage charts at the end of the book, collected by the author from different corners of the world, represent an invaluable resource. Further, the works and views on Zen of Western scholars introduced in this book are of great reference value for the Zen world.

Zen Classics

Zen Classics
Author: Steven Heine,Dale S. Wright
Publsiher: Oxford University Press on Demand
Total Pages: 283
Release: 2006
ISBN: 9780195175264
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Zen Classics Book Excerpt:

A companion volume to 'The Koan' and 'The Zen Canon' this text concentrates primarily on texts from Korea and Japan that brought the Zen tradition to fruition.

Not Seeing Snow Mus Soseki and Medieval Japanese Zen

Not Seeing Snow  Mus   Soseki and Medieval Japanese Zen
Author: Molly Vallor
Publsiher: BRILL
Total Pages: 278
Release: 2019-08-26
ISBN: 9004393897
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Not Seeing Snow Mus Soseki and Medieval Japanese Zen Book Excerpt:

Not Seeing Snow examines the life, thought, poetry, and garden design of influential Zen monk Musō Soseki.

Long Strange Journey

Long Strange Journey
Author: Gregory P. A. Levine
Publsiher: University of Hawaii Press
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2017-09-30
ISBN: 0824858085
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Long Strange Journey Book Excerpt:

Long Strange Journey presents the first critical analysis of visual objects and discourses that animate Zen art modernism and its legacies, with particular emphasis on the postwar “Zen boom.” Since the late nineteenth century, Zen and Zen art have emerged as globally familiar terms associated with a spectrum of practices, beliefs, works of visual art, aesthetic concepts, commercial products, and modes of self-fashioning. They have also been at the center of fiery public disputes that have erupted along national, denominational, racial-ethnic, class, and intellectual lines. Neither stable nor strictly a matter of euphoric religious or intercultural exchange, Zen and Zen art are best approached as productive predicaments in the study of religion, spirituality, art, and consumer culture, especially within the frame of Buddhist modernism. Long Strange Journey’s modern-contemporary emphasis sets it off from most writing on Zen art, which focuses on masterworks by premodern Chinese and Japanese artists, gushes over “timeless” visual qualities as indicative of metaphysical states, or promotes with ahistorical, trend-spotting flair Zen art’s design appeal and therapeutic values. In contrast, the present work plots a methodological through line distinguished by “discourse analysis,” moving from the first contacts between Europe and Japanese Zen in the sixteenth century to late nineteenth–early twentieth-century transnational exchanges driven by Japanese Buddhists and intellectuals and the formation of a Zen art canon; to postwar Zen transformations of practice and avant-garde expressions; to popular embodiments of our “Zenny zeitgeist,” such as Zen cartoons. The book presents an alternative history of modern-contemporary Zen and Zen art that emphasizes their unruly and polythetic-prototypical natures, taking into consideration serious religious practice and spiritual and creative discovery as well as conflicts over Zen’s value amid the convolutions of global modernity, squabbles over authenticity, resistance against the notion of “Zen influence,” and competing claims to speak for Zen art made by monastics, lay advocates, artists, and others.

Zen Classics

Zen Classics
Author: Steven Heine,Dale S. Wright
Publsiher: Oxford University Press on Demand
Total Pages: 283
Release: 2006
ISBN: 0195175263
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Zen Classics Book Excerpt:

A companion volume to 'The Koan' and 'The Zen Canon' this text concentrates primarily on texts from Korea and Japan that brought the Zen tradition to fruition.

How Zen Became Zen

How Zen Became Zen
Author: Morten Schlütter
Publsiher: University of Hawaii Press
Total Pages: 289
Release: 2008-01-01
ISBN: 0824832558
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

How Zen Became Zen Book Excerpt:

How Zen Became Zen takes a novel approach to understanding one of the most crucial developments in Zen Buddhism: the dispute over the nature of enlightenment that erupted within the Chinese Chan (Zen) school in the twelfth century. The famous Linji (Rinzai) Chan master Dahui Zonggao (1089-1163) railed against "heretical silent illumination Chan" and strongly advocated kanhua (k?an) meditation as an antidote. In this fascinating study, Morten Schl?tter shows that Dahui's target was the Caodong (S?t?) Chan tradition that had been revived and reinvented in the early twelfth century, and that silent meditation was an approach to practice and enlightenment that originated within this "new" Chan tradition. Schl?tter has written a refreshingly accessible account of the intricacies of the dispute, which is still reverberating through modern Zen in both Asia and the West. Dahui and his opponents' arguments for their respective positions come across in this book in as earnest and relevant a manner as they must have seemed almost nine hundred years ago. Although much of the book is devoted to illuminating the doctrinal and soteriological issues behind the enlightenment dispute, Schl?tter makes the case that the dispute must be understood in the context of government policies toward Buddhism, economic factors, and social changes. He analyzes the remarkable ascent of Chan during the first centuries of the Song dynasty, when it became the dominant form of elite monastic Buddhism, and demonstrates that secular educated elites came to control the critical transmission from master to disciple ("procreation" as Schl?tter terms it) in the Chan School.

Handbook to Life in Medieval and Early Modern Japan

Handbook to Life in Medieval and Early Modern Japan
Author: William E. Deal
Publsiher: Infobase Publishing
Total Pages: 415
Release: 2005
ISBN: 0816074852
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Handbook to Life in Medieval and Early Modern Japan Book Excerpt:

Captures the essence of life in great civilizations of the past. Each volume in this series examines a single civilization, and covers everything from landmark events and monumental achievements to geography and everyday life.

The Record of Linji

The Record of Linji
Author: Thomas Yuho Kirchner
Publsiher: University of Hawaii Press
Total Pages: 520
Release: 2008-10-31
ISBN: 0824833198
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Record of Linji Book Excerpt:

The Linji lu (Record of Linji) has been an essential text of Chinese and Japanese Zen Buddhism for nearly a thousand years. A compilation of sermons, statements, and acts attributed to the great Chinese Zen master Linji Yixuan (d. 866), it serves as both an authoritative statement of Zen's basic stand-point and a central source of material for Zen koan practice.One of the earliest attempts to translate this important work into English was by Sasaki Shigetsu (1882-1945), a pioneer Zen master in the U.S. and the founder of the First Zen Institute of America. At the time of his death, he entrusted the project to his wife, Ruth Fuller Sasaki. Determined to produce a definitive translation, Mrs. Sasaki assembled a team of talented young scholars, both Japanese and Western, who in the following years retranslated the text in accordance with modern research on Tang-dynasty colloquial Chinese.The materials assembled by Mrs. Sasaki and her team are finally available in the present edition of the Record of Linji. The notes, nearly six hundred in all, are almost entirely based on primary sources and thus retain their value despite the nearly forty years since their preparation.

Religion in Japan Unity and Diversity

Religion in Japan  Unity and Diversity
Author: H. Byron Earhart
Publsiher: Cengage Learning
Total Pages: 312
Release: 2013-01-01
ISBN: 1285528816
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religion in Japan Unity and Diversity Book Excerpt:

This standard text explores religion in Japan as a complex tapestry of different religious strands, reflecting both the unity and diversity of Japanese culture, a theme Earhart pioneered in the first edition (1969) of this enduring, classic book--a theme he has devoted subsequent decades to refining through cutting-edge scholarship and keen observation of the evolving religious scene. Tracing the development of religious traditions from the prehistoric era through modern times, Earhart explores the vital influence of Shinto, Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, and folk religion. Presuming no technical or academic background, the text guides students to key Japanese religious themes, which include the proximity of humans and gods, the religious character of the family, the bond between religion and the nation, and the pervasiveness of religion in everyday life. This new edition updates the description and interpretation of the entire history of religion in Japan in light of the latest developments in the field. In the latter chapters, changes in the contemporary scene are highlighted, discussing Tokyo Disneyland, manga, and anime as alternative reality, as well as the innovations in more traditional events such as wedding ceremonies and rites for the dead. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Zen from China to Cyberspace

Zen  from China to Cyberspace
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Authentic happiness formula
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2022
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Buddhist Literature as Philosophy Buddhist Philosophy as Literature

Buddhist Literature as Philosophy  Buddhist Philosophy as Literature
Author: Rafal K. Stepien
Publsiher: SUNY Press
Total Pages: 398
Release: 2020-11-01
ISBN: 1438480725
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Buddhist Literature as Philosophy Buddhist Philosophy as Literature Book Excerpt:

Explores the relationship between literature and philosophy in classical and contemporary Buddhist texts. Can literature reveal reality? Is philosophical truth a literary artifice? How does the way we think affect what we can know? Buddhism has been grappling with these questions for centuries, and this book attempts to answer them by exploring the relationship between literature and philosophy across the classical and contemporary Buddhist worlds of India, Tibet, China, Japan, Korea, and North America. Written by leading scholars, the book examines literary texts composed over two millennia, ranging in form from lyric verse, narrative poetry, panegyric, hymn, and koan, to novel, hagiography, (secret) autobiography, autofiction, treatise, and sutra, all in sustained conversation with topics in metaphysics, ethics, aesthetics, and the philosophies of mind, language, literature, and religion. Interdisciplinary and cross-cultural, this book deliberately works across and against the boundaries separating three mainstays of humanistic pursuit—literature, philosophy, and religion—by focusing on the multiple relationships at play between content and form in works drawn from a truly diverse range of philosophical schools, literary genres, religious cultures, and historical eras. Overall, the book calls into question the very ways in which we do philosophy, study literature, and think about religious texts. It shows that Buddhist thought provides sophisticated responses to some of the perennial problems regarding how we find, create, and apply meaning—on the page, in the mind, and throughout our lives. Rafal K. Stepien is Assistant Professor in Comparative Religion at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

Zen Paintings in Edo Japan 1600 1868

Zen Paintings in Edo Japan  1600 1868
Author: Galit Aviman
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 180
Release: 2017-07-05
ISBN: 1351536109
Category: Art
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Zen Paintings in Edo Japan 1600 1868 Book Excerpt:

In Zen Buddhism, the concept of freedom is of profound importance. And yet, until now there has been no in-depth study of the manifestation of this liberated attitude in the lives and artwork of Edo period Zen monk-painters. This book explores the playfulness and free-spirited attitude reflected in the artwork of two prominent Japanese Zen monk-painters: Hakuin Ekaku (1685-1768) and Sengai Gibon (1750-1837). The free attitude emanating from their paintings is one of the qualities which distinguish Edo period Zen paintings from those of earlier periods. These paintings are part of a Zen ink painting tradition that began following the importation of Zen Buddhism from China at the beginning of the Kamakura period (1185-1333). In this study, Aviman elaborates on the nature of this particular artistic expression and identifies its sources, focusing on the lives of the monk-painters and their artwork. The author applies a multifaceted approach, combining a holistic analysis of the paintings, i.e. as interrelated combination of text and image, with a contextualization of the works within the specific historical, art historical, cultural, social and political environments in which they were created.