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Zen's Chinese Heritage: The Masters and Their Teachings

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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 generations of Zen masters, moving chronologically through successive generations of ancestral teachers, supplementing ...

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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.

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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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861716173
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 2/22/2011
  • Edition description: Expanded
  • Pages: 568
  • Sales rank: 718,315
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Heine

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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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xiii

Foreword to the New Edition xv

Foreword Tenshin Reb Anderson xvii

Preface xxi

Technical Note xxv

Introduction 1

Part 1 The Legendary Period 480-755

The First Four Generations

Bodhidharma 11

Dazu Huike 21

Jianzhi Sengcan 25

Dayi Daoxin 27

Fifth Generation

Daman Hongren 35

Niutou Farong 38

Sixth Generation

Dajian Huineng, "Caoxi" 43

Yuquan Shenxiu, "Datong" 48

Seventh Generation

Nanyue Huairang 53

Qingyuan Xingsi 56

Nanyang Huizhong 58

Yongjia Xuanjue 64

Heze Shenhui 66

Part 2 The Classical Period 755-950

Eighth Generation

Mazu Daoyi, "Daji" 73

Shitou Xiqian 79

Danyuan Yingzhen 83

Ninth Generation

Baizhang Huaihai 85

Xitang Zhizang 92

Daju Huihai 94

Zhangjing Huaiyun 98

Yanguan Qi'an 100

Damei Fachang 102

Guizong Zhichang 105

Layman Pang, "Pangyun" 108

Mayu Baoche 111

Panshan Baoji 113

Luzu Baoyun 116

Zhongyi Hongen 117

Wujiu Youxuan 118

Nanquan Puyuan, "Old Teacher Wang" 119

Yaoshan Weiyan 122

Danxia Tianran 126

Tianhuang Daowu 130

Tenth Generation

Huangbo Xiyun 133

Wufeng Changguan 139

Guishan Da'an, "Changqing Da'an," "Lazy An" 140

Baizhang Niepan, "Fazheng" 142

Guishan Lingyou 143

Guannan Daochang 148

Hangzhou Tianlong 149

Changsha Jingcen, "Tiger Cen" 149

Zhaozhou Congshen 153

Yunyan Tansheng 160

Chuanzi Decheng 163

Daowu Yuanzhi, "Zongzhi" 166

Cuiwei Wuxue 168

Longtan Chongxin 170

Eleventh Generation

Linji Yixuan, "Huizhao" 173

Muzhou Daoming, "Chen Zunsu" 177

Dausi Fazhen, "Shenzhao" 180

Lingyun Zhiqin 183

Jingzhao Mihu, "Mi the Seventh" 184

Yangshan Huiji 185

Xiangyan Zhixian 191

Liu Tiemo, "Iron Grinder Liu" 194

Jinhua Juzhi 195

Moshan Liaoran 197

Yanyang Shanzhao 199

Dongshan Liangjie 200

Jiashan Shanhui 207

Shishuang Qingzhu 209

Touzi Datong 213

Deshan Xuanjian 216

Twelfth Generation

Xinghua Cunjiang 223

Baoshou Yanzhao 225

Sansheng Huiran 227

Tongfeng Anzhu 229

Xita Guangmu 230

Nanta Guangyong 231

Yunju Daoying 232

Qinshan Wensui 236

Longya Judun, "Zhengkong" 239

Yuezhou Qianfeng 241

Caoshan Benji 242

Qinglin Shiqian 246

Shushan Kuangren 249

Luopu Yuanan 254

Jiufeng Daoqian 258

Daguang Juhui 260

Xuefeng Yicun 261

Yantou Quanhuo 266

Guifeng Zongmi 269

Thirteenth Generation

Nanyuan Huiyong, "Baoying" 273

Xiyuan Siming 275

Zifu Rubao 276

Bajiao Huiqing 278

Tongan Daopi 280

Huguo Shoucheng, "Jingguo" 282

Yunmen Wenyan 283

Cuiyan Lingcan, "Yongming" 288

Jingqing Daofu, "Xun De" 290

Taiyuan Fu 294

Xuansha Shibei 297

Baofu Congzhan 300

Changqing Huileng 304

Luoshan Daoxian 307

Ruiyan Shiyan 309

Fourteenth Generation

Fengxue Yanzhao 313

Xingyang Qingrang 316

Tongan Guanzhi 316

Xianglin Chengyuan 317

Fengxian Daoshen 320

Baling Haojian 322

Deshan Yuanming, "Yuanmi" 324

Dongshan Shouchu 326

Luohan Guichen, "Dizang" 327

Wang Yanbin 331

Mingzhao Deqian 332

Fifteenth Generation

Shoushan Xingnian 335

Liangshan Yuanguan 338

Zhimen Guangzuo 339

Lianhua Fengxian, "Hermit of Lotus Flower Peak" 340

Wenshu Yingzhen 341

Fayan Wenyi, "Qingliang" 342

Qingxi Hongjin, "Jinshan" 347

Longji Shaoxiu, "Xiushan" 348

Part 3 The Literary Period 950-1260

Sixteenth Generation

Fenyang Shanzhao, "Wude" 353

Shexian Guixing 359

Dayang Jingxuan, "Jingyan" 361

Jiufeng Qin 363

Xuedou Chongxian, "Mingjue" 364

Bao'en Xuanze 367

Guizong Cezhen 369

Baoci Xingyan 371

Chongshou Qizhou 372

Tiantai Deshao 373

Tianping Congyi 376

Seventeenth Generation

Shishuang Chuyuan, "Zhiming" 379

Dayu Shouzhi, "Cuiyan" 382

Langye Huijue, "Kaihua Guangzhao" 385

Fushan Fayuan, "Yuanjian" 386

Touzi Yiqing 389

Xingyang Qingpou 392

Tianyi Yihuai 394

Chengtian Chuanzong 396

Yongming Yanshou 397

Eighteenth Generation

Huanglong Huinan 401

Yangqi Fanghui 407

Cuiyan Kezhen 411

Changshui Zixuan 414

Furong Daokai 415

Nineteenth Generation

Yunan Kewen, "Zhenjing,", "Baofeng" 421

Huitang Zuxin, "Huanglong" 424

Baiyun Shouduan 428

Baoning Renyong 431

Dagui Muche, "Guishan Zhe" 434

Danxia Zichun 436

Baofeng Weizhao 438

Twentieth Generation

Juefan Huihong, "Dehong," "Qingliang" 441

Doushuai Congyue 444

Sixin Wuxin, "Huanglong Wuxin" 446

Wuzu Fayan, "Qingyuan" 448

Zhenxie Qingliao, "Changlu" 451

Hongzhi Zhengjue, "Tiantong" 454

Twenty-second Generation

Dahui Zonggao, "Fori" 477

Huguo Jingyuan 483

Zhu'an Shigui 485

Yue'an Shanguo, "Dagui" 487

Xuedou Zhijian, "Zu'an" 489

Twenty-third Generation

Dahong Zuzheng, "Lao Na" 491

Tiantong Rujing 492

Twenty-fourth Generation

Yuelin Shiguan 495

Twenty-fifth Generation

Wumen Huikai, "Huanglong," "Foyan" 497

Appendix

Faith in Mind (attributed to the Third Ancestor, Jianzhi Sengcan) 499

Select Bibliography

Texts in English 505

Modern Texts in Chinese 506

Promodern Texts in Chinese 507

Records of Individual Teachers 508

Romanization Tables

Pinyin-Wade-Giles-Romaji 509

Wade-Giles-Pinyin-Romaji 515

Romaji-Pinyin-Wade-Giles 521

Notes 527

Index 539

About the Author 551

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