Zen's Chinese Heritage: The Masters and Their Teachings

Zen's Chinese Heritage: The Masters and Their Teachings

by Andy Ferguson
     
 

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Capturing the austere beauty of the Zen masters' manner of teaching-their earthy style, humor, and humanity-Zen's Chinese Heritage is an intimate and profound human portrait of the enlightened Zen ancients, and an unprecedented look into the depths of this rich cultural heritage.

In this new edition with even more valuable material, Ferguson surveys twenty-five

Overview

Capturing the austere beauty of the Zen masters' manner of teaching-their earthy style, humor, and humanity-Zen's Chinese Heritage is an intimate and profound human portrait of the enlightened Zen ancients, and an unprecedented look into the depths of this rich cultural heritage.

In this new edition with even more valuable material, Ferguson surveys twenty-five generations of Zen masters, moving chronologically through successive generations of ancestral teachers, supplementing their core teachings with history, biography, and starkly beautiful poetry. In addition to giving the reader the engaging sense of the "family history" of Zen, this uniquely valuable book paints a clear picture of the tradition's evolution as a religious, literary, and historical force.

Editorial Reviews

Robert Aitken Roshi
"Zen's Chinese Heritage is clearly a monumental achievement. It will be central to the reference library of Zen students for our generation, and probably for some time thereafter."
John Daido Loori
"An indispensable reference for any student of Buddhism. Ferguson has given us an impeccable and very readable translation."
Joan Halifax
"This important book makes clear the deep past of Zen. Clear and rich, Zen's Chinese Heritage enriches our understanding of Buddhism."
Zen Bow: A Publication of the Rochester Zen Center
"A great cover-to-cover read...Each reader will no doubt be moved and delighted by different accounts in this compendium...Will surely join Sazaki and Miura's Zen Dust and John Wu's The Golden Age of Zen as an indispensable reference work for Zen students, a window onto the struggles and humor and deadly-serious play of our forbears."
The Beacon
"An intimate and human portrait of the enlightened Zen ancients and a look into the depths of their rich cultural heritage. The stories here offer opportunities to free ourselves from our habitual states and aid in the process of liberation. ...Despite the writings of many who have introduced Zen to Western readers, the surface of its history and teachings has barely been scratched. This volume goes a long way towards filling that gap."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780861716173
Publisher:
Wisdom Publications MA
Publication date:
02/22/2011
Edition description:
Expanded
Pages:
568
Sales rank:
1,190,826
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.50(d)

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Meet the Author

A member of the San Francisco Zen Center, Andrew Ferguson is a writer and translator who lives in Petaluma, California.

Steven Heine is an authority on Japanese religion and society, especially the history of Zen Buddhism and the life and works of Dogen. He has published two dozen books, including Did Dogen Go to China? and Zen Skin, Zen Marrow.

Reb Anderson Roshi moved to San Francisco in 1967 to study Zen Buddhism with Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, who ordained him as a priest in 1970. Since then, he has continued to practice at the San Francisco Zen Center, where he served as abbot from 1986 to 1995 and is now a senior dharma teacher. Anderson Roshi lectures and leads retreats around the world, and is the author of Warm Smiles from Cold Mountains and Being Upright. He lives with his family and friends at Green Dragon Temple, Green Gulch Farm, near Muir Beach, in Northern California.

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