The Koan: Texts and Contexts in Zen Buddhism

Paperback | April 15, 2000

EditorSteven Heine, Dale S. Wright

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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, andhighlight the rich complexity and diversity of koan practice and literature.

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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, andhighlight the rich complexity and diversity of ...

Steven Heine is at Florida International University. Dale S. Wright is at Occidental College.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 5.91 × 9.21 × 0.98 inPublished:April 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"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 StudiesReview