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Zen Masters

Steven Heine and Dale Wright


Zen Masters contains ten articles by prominent scholars about the most significant “product” of the Zen tradition—the life and teachings of the masters or patriarchs who have made this kind of Buddhism the most renowned in the world. In contrast to most other forms of Buddhism, sacred literature in Chan or Zen primarily consists of religious biographies, or stories about the lives of Zen masters. The emergence of these narratives, often in anecdotal style, concerning the practices and teachings of the patriarchs in the late Tang and early Song dynasties in China provided new and v ... More

Keywords: Chan/Zen Masters, Linji/Rinzai Zen, Caodong/Sōtō Zen, History of Buddhism, Zen in the west, Zazen, patriarchy, lineage, comparative religion

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195367645
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367645.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

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