Synthetic view of Chan / Zen / Seon

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Marc
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Synthetic view of Chan / Zen / Seon

Post by Marc » Mon Jul 03, 2017 2:14 pm

Hi Everyone !

Could you please recommend a good book / publication to get a general / synthetic view of the history, ligneages and doctrines of Chan and its offsprings in Koreak & Japan ?

Many thanks in advance
M

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Re: Synthetic view of Chan / Zen / Seon

Post by Astus » Mon Jul 03, 2017 2:40 pm

Might start with Wikipedia:

Zen
Chan Buddhism
Korean Seon
Japanese Zen

Then there is The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Zen Buddhism.

Finally there is Dumoulin's two-volume work: Zen Buddhism: India and China, Zen Buddhism: Japan. It is somewhat outdated, but nothing similar has been published yet as far as I know.
1 Myriad dharmas are only mind.
Mind is unobtainable.
What is there to seek?

2 If the Buddha-Nature is seen,
there will be no seeing of a nature in any thing.

3 Neither cultivation nor seated meditation —
this is the pure Chan of Tathagata.

4 With sudden enlightenment to Tathagata Chan,
the six paramitas and myriad means
are complete within that essence.


1 Huangbo, T2012Ap381c1 2 Nirvana Sutra, T374p521b3; tr. Yamamoto 3 Mazu, X1321p3b23; tr. J. Jia 4 Yongjia, T2014p395c14; tr. from "The Sword of Wisdom"

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Re: Synthetic view of Chan / Zen / Seon

Post by Marc » Tue Jul 04, 2017 12:15 am

Thank you Astus :anjali:

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