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Zen Masters Of China: The First Step East

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Zen Masters of China presents more than 300 traditional Zen stories and koans, far more than any other collection. Retelling them in their proper place in Zen's historical journey through Buddhist Chinese culture, it also tells a larger story: how, in taking the first step east from India to China, Buddhism began to be Zen.

The stories of Zen are unlike any other writing, religious or otherwise. Used for centuries by Zen teachers as aids to bring about or deepen the experience ...

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Overview

Zen Masters of China presents more than 300 traditional Zen stories and koans, far more than any other collection. Retelling them in their proper place in Zen's historical journey through Buddhist Chinese culture, it also tells a larger story: how, in taking the first step east from India to China, Buddhism began to be Zen.

The stories of Zen are unlike any other writing, religious or otherwise. Used for centuries by Zen teachers as aids to bring about or deepen the experience of awakening, they have a freshness that goes beyond religious practice and a mystery and authenticity that appeal to a wide range of readers.

Placed in chronological order, these stories tell the story of Zen itself, how it traveled from West to East with each Zen master to the next, but also how it was transformed in that journey, from an Indian practice to something different in Chinese Buddhism (Ch'an) and then more different still in Japan (Zen). The fact that its transmission was so human, from teacher to student in a long chain from West to East, meant that the cultures it passed through inevitably changed it.

Zen Masters of China is first and foremost a collection of mind-bending Zen stories and their wisdom. More than that, without academic pretensions or baggage, it recounts the genealogy of Zen Buddhism in China and, through koan and story, illuminates how Zen became what it is today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804842822
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/10/2012
  • Edition description: Hardcover with Jacket
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 808,712
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick McDaniel was born in Indiana and attended college in New Brunswick, Canada, where he continues to live. He taught at the University of New Brunswick and Saint Thomas University before working in International Development with the YMCA. He is the creator of the YMCA Peace Medallion. He is also the creator and author of a five-part documentary series, 80/20: A Developing World and coauthor of the textbook A Two Way Approach to Understanding: Issues in Global Education. Dr. McDaniel studies at the Montreal Zen Center with teacher Albert Low.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations 8

Foreword Albert Low 10

Preface 15

Prologue in India 25

Chapter 1 Bodhidharma 35

Chapter 2 Four Patriarchs 47

Huike 48

Jianzhi Sengcan 51

Dayi Daoxin 53

Niutou Farong 54

Daman Hongren 55

Chapter 3 Huineng 59

Chapter 4 The Rise of the Southern School 69

Shenxiu 70

Huineng (continued) 72

Nanyang Huizhong 73

Yingzhen 77

Qingyuan Xingshi 78

Nanyue Huairang 79

Heze Shenhui 79

Chapter 5 Mazu Daoyi 83

Chapter 6 Shitou Xiqian and His Disciples 93

Shitou Xiqian 94

Layman Pang (Pangyun) 100

Tianhuang Daowu 102

Tanxia Tianran 103

Cuiwei Wuxue 105

Chapter 7 Yaoshan Weiyan and His Descendants 109

Yaoshan Weiyan 110

Yunyan Tansheng 116

Daowu Yuanjie 116

Chunzi Decheng 119

Jiashan Shanhui 120

Chapter 8 Dongshan Liangjie 125

Dongshan Liangjie 126

Caoshan Benji 134

Chapter 9 The Heirs of Mazu 139

Yanguan Qian 140

Xingshan Weikuan 141

Dazhu Huihai 142

Guizong Zhichang 143

Panshan Baoji 144

Shigong Huicang 146

Damei Fachang 148

Chapter 10 The Poets 153

Hanshan 157

Shide 158

Chapter 11 Nanquan Puyuan and Baizhang Huaihai 163

Nanquan Puyuan 164

Baizhang Huaihai 169

Chapter 12 Zhaozhou Congshen 177

Zhaozhou Congshen 178

Zui Jiao 188

Chapter 13 Zhaozhou's Contemporaries. 191

Huangbo Xiyun 192

Changsha Jingcen 195

Hangzhou Tianlong 198

Jinhua Juzhi 199

Guishan Lingyou 200

Chapter 14 Guishan's Descendants 205

Yangshan Huiji 207

Xiangyan Zhixian 210

Chanqing Daan 214

Chapter 15 Linji Yixuan 217

Chapter 16 Deshan Xuanjian and His Students 229

Deshan Xuanjian 230

Yantou Quanhuo 235

Xuefeng Yicun 235

Qinshan Wensui 235

Chapter 17 The Linji Line 243

Dingzhou Shizang 244

Sansheng Huiran 245

Xinghua Cunjiang 246

Nanyuan Huiyong 246

Fengxue Yanzhao 247

Shoushan Xingnian 250

Fenyang Shanzhao 251

Shishuang Chuyuan 253

Yangqi Fanghui 254

Huanglong Huinan 254

Chapter 18 The Fayan House 257

Xuansha Shibei 258

Luohan Chichen 259

Fayan Wenyi 259

Tiantai Deshao 265

Yongming Yanshou 265

Daoyun 266

Chapter 19 Yunmen Wenyan 269

Yunmen Wenyan 270

Muzhou Daozong 270

Xuefeng Yicun 271

Dongshan Shouchu 277

Baling Haojian 278

Xianglin Chengyuan 279

Chapter 20 The Song Dynasty 283

Huitang Zuxin 285

Wuzu Fayan 287

Yuanwu Keqin 292

Chapter 21 Wu! 295

Dahui Zonggao 296

Yuelin Shiguan 298

Wumen Huikai 299

Epilogue in Japan 304

Acknowledgments 306

Appendix: Wade-Giles and Japanese Variants of the Zen Masters' Names 308

Notes 312

Bibliography 314

Index of Stories 316

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