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The Zen Monastic Experience : Buddhist Practice in Contemporary Korea - Robert E. Buswell

The Zen Monastic Experience

Buddhist Practice in Contemporary Korea

Paperback Published: 19th December 1993
ISBN: 9780691034775
Number Of Pages: 288

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Robert Buswell, a Buddhist scholar who spent five years as a Zen monk in Korea, draws on personal experience in this insightful account of day-to-day Zen monastic practice. In discussing the activities of the postulants, the meditation monks, the teachers and administrators, and the support monks of the monastery of Songgwang-sa, Buswell reveals a religious tradition that differs radically from the stereotype prevalent in the West. The author's treatment lucidly relates contemporary Zen practice to the historical development of the tradition and to Korean history more generally, and his portrayal of the life of modern Zen monks in Korea provides an innovative and provocative look at Zen from the inside.

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"A myth-shattering foray behind the walls of a Korean Zen Buddhist monastery... Less the sound of one hand clapping than of hands, mind and heart working together to lead a sanctified life--and, as such, a sound corrective to Western misunderstandings about Zen."--Kirkus Reviews "[This book] is ... forged from [Buswell's] own experience and practice... He enlivens his study with a detailed personal account of his daily life at Songgwang-sa, one of Korea's main monasteries, and with wry humor... This book should be read by anyone interested in the daily life of Zen training."--Martine Batchelor, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review

List of Plates
Conventions Used
Introduction: Zen Monasticism and the Context of Beliefp. 3
Buddhism in Contemporary Koreap. 21
Daily and Annual Schedulesp. 37
Songgwang-Sa and Master Kusanp. 49
A Monk's Early Careerp. 69
The Support Division of the Monasteryp. 107
Relations with the Laityp. 135
Chronology of the Puril Hoep. 147
The Practice of Zen Meditation in Koreap. 149
Training in the Meditation Hallp. 161
The Officers of the Meditation Compoundp. 203
Conclusion: Toward a Reappraisal of Zen Religious Experiencep. 217
Epilogue: Songgwang-sa after Kusanp. 224
Principal Chants Used in Korean Monasteriesp. 229
Glossary of Sinitic Logographsp. 243
Works Citedp. 253
Indexp. 265
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ISBN: 9780691034775
ISBN-10: 069103477X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 19th December 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 15.47  x 1.73
Weight (kg): 0.4