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Zen Masters Of China: The First Step East
Title:Zen Masters Of China: The First Step East
Format Type:eBook PDF / e-Pub
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ISBN:0804842825
Number of Pages:320

Epic book online Books by: Richard Bryan McDaniel, Albert Low i Zen Masters of China i presents more than traditional Zen stories and koans far more than any other collection Retelling them in their proper place in Zen s historical journey through Chinese Buddhist culture it also tells a larger story how in taking the first step east from India to China Buddhism began to be Zen br br The stories of Zen are unlike any other writing religious or otherwise Used for centuries by Zen teachers as aids to bring about or deepen the experience of awakening they have a freshness that goes beyond religious practice and a mystery and authenticity that appeal to a wide range of readers br br Placed in chronological order these stories tell the story of Zen itself how it traveled from West to East with each Zen master to the next but also how it was transformed in that journey from an Indian practice to something different in Chinese Buddhism Ch an and then more different still in Japan Zen The fact that its transmission was so human from teacher to student in a long chain from West to East meant that the cultures it passed through inevitably changed it br br i Zen Masters of China i is first and foremost a collection of mind bending Zen stories and their wisdom More than that without academic pretensions or baggage it recounts the genealogy of Zen Buddhism in China and through koan and story illuminates how Zen became what it is today

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