From Chinese Chan to Japanese Zen: A Remarkable Century of Transmission and Transformation by Steven HeineFrom Chinese Chan to Japanese Zen: A Remarkable Century of Transmission and Transformation by Steven Heine

From Chinese Chan to Japanese Zen: A Remarkable Century of Transmission and Transformation

bySteven Heine

Paperback | September 27, 2017

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This work provides a survey and critical investigation of the remarkable century that lasted from 1225 to 1325, during which the transformation of the Chinese Chan school of Buddhism into the Japanese Zen sect was successfully completed. The cycle of transfer began with a handful of Japanesepilgrims, including Eisai, Dogen and Enni, who traveled to China in order to discover authentic Buddhism. They quickly learned that Chan, with the strong support of the secular elite, was well organized in terms of the intricate teaching techniques of various temple lineages. After receiving Dharmatransmission through face-to-face meetings with prominent Chinese teachers, the Japanese monks returned home with many spiritual resources. Foreign rituals and customs met with resistance, however, and by the end of the thirteenth century it was difficult to imagine the success Zen would soonachieve. Following the arrival of a series of emigre monks, who gained the strong support of the shoguns for their continental teachings, Zen became the mainstream religious tradition in Japan. The transmission culminated in the 1320s when prominent leaders Daito and Muso learned enough Chinese toovercome challenges from other sects with their Zen methods. The book examines the transcultural conundrum: How did this school of Buddhism, which started half a millennium earlier as a mystical utopian cult for reclusive monks, gain a broad following among influential lay followers in both China and Japan? It answers this question by a focusing on themythical elements that contributed to the effectiveness of this transition, especially the Legend of Living Buddhas.
Steven Heine is Professor of Religious Studies and History at Florida International University and author and editor of numerous OUP titles, including Dogen:Textual and Historical Studies.
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Title:From Chinese Chan to Japanese Zen: A Remarkable Century of Transmission and TransformationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:September 27, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190637501

ISBN - 13:9780190637507

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