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The Koan : Texts and Contexts in Zen Buddhism - Steven Heine

The Koan

Texts and Contexts in Zen Buddhism

By: Steven Heine (Editor), Dale S. Wright (Editor)

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Published: 1st April 2000
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Koans are enigmatic spiritual formulas used for religious training in the Zen Buddhist tradition. Arguing that our understanding of the koan tradition has been extremely limited, contributors to this collection examine previously unrecognized factors in the formation of this tradition, and highlight the rich complexity and diversity of koan practice and literature.

"Anyone who would spend words on koans had best absorb the knowledge demonstrated in this book first."--Journal of Chinese Religions "Those with a serious interest in the history of Zen Buddhism will find the essays collected here an invaluable resource. The koan, often subject of unwarranted mystification, is examined in a series of eleven substantial essays vy an international group of scholars."--Religious Studies Review "Anyone who would spend words on koans had best absorb the knowledge demonstrated in this book first."--Journal of Chinese Religions "...this volume is a must for serious students of Zen history, offering a range of new perspectives on koan Zen and the development of the Zen school in China and Japan while exposing many of the myths about these subjects that have accumulated over the years."--Zen Notes "Those with a serious interest in the history of Zen Buddhism will find the essays collected here an invaluable resource. The koan, often subject of unwarranted mystification, is examined in a series of eleven substantial essays vy an international group of scholars."--Religious Studies Review

Abbreviationsp. ix
List of Contributorsp. xi
Introduction Kōan Tradition: Self-Narrative and Contemporary Perspectivesp. 3
The Form and Function of Koan Literature: A Historical Overviewp. 15
The Antecedents of Encounter Dialogue in Chinese Ch'An Buddhismp. 46
Mahākās&U0301yapa's Smile: Silent Transmission and the Kung-An (kōan) Traditionp. 75
Kung-An Ch'An and the Tsung-Men T'Ung-Yao Chip. 110
Visions, Divisions, Revisions: The Encounter Between Iconoclasm and Supernaturalism in Kōan Cases About Mount Wu-T'Aip. 137
""""Before the Empty Eon"""" Versus """"A Dog Has No Buddha-Nature"""": Kung-An Use in the Ts'Ao-Tung Tradition and Ta-Hui's Kung-An Introspection Ch'Anp. 168
Kōan History: Transformative Language in Chinese Buddhist Thoughtp. 200
Ikkyū and Kōansp. 213
Transmission of Kirigami (secret Initiation Documents): A Sōtō Practice in Medieval Japanp. 233
Emerging from Nonduality: Kōan Practice in the Rinzai Tradition Since Hakuinp. 244
Kōan and Kensho in the Rinzai Zen Curriculump. 280
Indexp. 317
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ISBN: 9780195117493
ISBN-10: 0195117492
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st April 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 15.52  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.47