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The Zen Canon: Understanding the Classic Texts

Steven Heine and Dale S. Wright


The Zen Canon offers learned but accessible studies of some of the most important classical texts in the tradition of Zen Buddhism. Each essay in the volume provides historical, literary, and philosophical commentary on a particular Zen text or genre of texts. Among the most prominent types of texts featured are Chan or Zen “recorded sayings” (yulu) texts, “transmission of the lamp” anthology texts (chuandenglu), koan collections, and “rules of purity” or monastic regulation texts. These canonical writings helped shape the overall conception of Zen Buddhism and the kinds of practi ... More

Keywords: yulu, records of saying, transmission of the lamp, chuandenglu, Zen genres, Wu-men kuan, qinggui, rules of purity, Zen koans, Mazu yulu

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195150674
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006 DOI:10.1093/0195150678.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven Heine, editor
Florida International University
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Dale S. Wright, editor
Occidental College
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