Zen Masters

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Since the ninth century the image of the Zen master has made Zen Buddhism famous throughout East Asia and now around the world. The authors have selected nine major Zen masters from different historical periods and different geographical areas, from medieval China to early modern Japan to contemporary California.

Each essay presents the primary features of that master's image for consideration. The authors assess the personality and charisma that define each master and the relationships of the master with those around him. Attention is given to the behavior and comportment that shaped the image of the master, the primary teachings for which he is known, and the context in which he lived and taught. The lasting image of the master is considered, with emphasis placed upon the symbols with which he has been identified, the enduring influences and contemporary images that have derived from each master, and the techniques and methods by which the classic texts project and maintain that image.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195367652
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/22/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 987,916
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Heine

SH: Professor of Religious Studies and History, Florida International University;DSW: David B. and Mary H. Gamble Professor of Religious Studies, Occidental College

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Table of Contents

Contributors xiii

Abbreviations xvii

Note on Terminology xix

1 Monastic Innovator, Iconoclast, and Teacher of Doctrine: The Varied Images of Chan Master Baizhang Mario Poceski 3

2 Dongshan and the Teaching of Suchness Taigen Dan Leighton 33

3 Yongming Yanshou: Scholastic as Chan Master Albert Welter 59

4 Dahui Zonggao (1089–1163):The Image Created by His Stories about Himself and by His Teaching Style Miriam L. Levering 91

5 D&obar;gen, Zen Master, Zen Disciple: Transmitter or Transgressor? Steven Heine 117

6 The Zen of Books and Practice: The Life of Menzan Zuih&obar; and His Reformation of S&obar;t&obar; Zen David Riggs 147

7 The Use of Traps and Snares: Shaku S&obar;en Revisited Michel Mohr 183

8 True Person, Formless Self: Lay Zen Master Hisamatsu Shin'ichi Christopher Ives 217

9 Humanizing the Image of a Zen Master Taizan Maezumi Roshi Dale S. Wright 239

10 Seung Sahn: The Makeover of a Modern Zen Patriarch Sor-Ching Low 267

Index 287

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