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Zen Ritual: Studies of Zen Theory in Practice

Steven Heine and Dale S. Wright


Zen Ritual: Studies of Zen Theory in Practice contains nine articles by prominent scholars about a variety of topics including Zen rituals kinhin and zazen, and covers rituals from the early Chan period to modern Japan. Each chapter attempts to describe how ritual in Zen, covering key developments that occurred in the Linji/Rinzai and Caodong/Sōtō schools in China and Japan, molds the lives and characters of practitioners, shaping them in accordance with the ideal of Zen awakening.

Keywords: Ritual Studies, Linji/Rinzai, Caodong/Sōtō, Zen Buddhism, Zazen, anti‐ritual, Zen in the West

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195304671
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304671.001.0001


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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