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Zen Classics: Formative Texts in the History of Zen Buddhism
Steven Heine (ed); Dale S. Wright (ed)
Concentrates on texts from Korea & Japan that brought Zen to fruition. Although diverse in style & structure, all of the texts & genres of texts considered here were fundamental to the unfolding of Zen in East Asia. The range of genres reveals the varieties of Zen practice, from rules of daily practice to sermons & meditation manuals. A team of scholars of Buddhism approach a selection of texts that are considered classics of the Zen canon. Each essay offers an overview of a particular text or genre, establishing its origin & placing it within the Buddhist tradition. The authors address a text’s literary structure & style, as well as important concepts & innovations. All of the essays speak directly to issues of Zen practice in a variety of historical contexts.
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