Zen Buddhism: A History, India and China (Treasures of the World's Religions Series)

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The first of a two-volume set, this book offers a detailed account of the history, development, ideas, and image of the Zen school of Mahayana Buddhism.
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A companion volume to Dumoulin's history of Zen in India and China (ISBN 0-02-908270-6), this is a newly translated, revised and expanded edition of a work first published in the US in 1963. Dumoulin, a philosopher and Zen scholar, introduces the history, development, beliefs, rituals, texts, and major figures of Zen in Japan. The text is thoroughly annotated, and accompanied by six appendices and an extensive bibliography. Authoritative. Acidic paper. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Foreword to the English Edition
Linguistic Conventions
Pt. 1 Beginnings and Roots in India
1 Sakyamuni, the Enlightened One 3
2 The Yogic Element in Buddhism 13
3 The Essentials of Mahayana 27
4 The Mahayana Sutras and Zen 41
Pt. 2 Origins and Blossoming in China
5 Preparations in Chinese Buddhism 63
6 The Early Period 85
7 The Split between the Northern and Southern Schools 107
8 The Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch 123
9 The Zen Movement after Hui-neng 155
10 Lin-chi 179
11 Characteristics of the Five Houses 211
12 The Sung Period: A Time of Maturation 243
13 Developments in Culture and Society 265
Epilogue 297
Supplement: The Northern School of Chinese Zen 303
App. 1: Abbreviations 343
App. 2: Chronological Table 347
App. 3: Chinese Characters 349
App. 4: Genealogical Tables 365
Index of Names and Titles 377
Index of Terms and Subjects 383
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