The Koan: Texts and Contexts in Zen Buddhism

Overview


Koans are enigmatic spiritual formulas used for religious training in the Zen Buddhist tradition. Arguing that our understanding of the koan tradition has been severely limited, contributors to this collection examine previously unrecognized factors in the formation of this tradition, and highlight the rich complexity and diversity of koan practice and literature.
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Overview


Koans are enigmatic spiritual formulas used for religious training in the Zen Buddhist tradition. Arguing that our understanding of the koan tradition has been severely limited, contributors to this collection examine previously unrecognized factors in the formation of this tradition, and highlight the rich complexity and diversity of koan practice and literature.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195117486
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Pages: 336
  • Lexile: 1880L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Heine is professor of religious studies and history and director of the Institute for Asian Studies at Florida International University. Heine's research specializes in the life and thought of Zen master Dogen (1200-1253), the founder of the Soto sect in Japan, and he has published twenty books and dozens of articles on Japanese culture. His publications include Did Dogen Go to China? (Oxford, 2006), The Zen Poetry of Dogen (Tuttle, 1997), Dogen and the Koan Tradition (SUNY, 1993), Shifting Shape, Shaping Text (Hawaii, 2000), and White Collar Zen (Oxford, 2005), which has been reviewed in USA Today, The Washington Post, Harvard Business Working Knowledge, and elsewhere.
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Table of Contents

Abbreviations
List of Contributors
Introduction: Koan Tradition - Self-Narrative and Contemporary Perspectives 3
1 The Form and Function of Koan Literature: A Historical Overview 15
2 The Antecedents of Encounter Dialogue in Chinese Ch'an Buddhism 46
3 Mahakasyapa's Smile: Silent Transmission and the Kung-an (Koan) Tradition 75
4 Kung-an Ch'an and the Tsung-men t'ung-yao chi 110
5 Visions, Divisions, Revisions: The Encounter between Iconoclasm and Supernaturalism in Koan Cases about Mount Wu-t'ai 137
6 "Before the Empty Eon" versus "A Dog Has No Buddha-Nature": Kung-an Use in the Ts'ao-tung Tradition and Ta-hui's Kung-an Introspection Ch'an 168
7 Koan History: Transformative Language in Chinese Buddhist Thought 200
8 Ikkyu and Koans 213
9 Transmission of Kirigami (Secret Initiation Documents): A Soto Practice in Medieval Japan 233
10 Emerging from Nonduality: Koan Practice in the Rinzai Tradition since Hakuin 244
11 Koan and Kensho in the Rinzai Zen Curriculum 280
Index 317
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