From Chinese Chan to Japanese Zen: A Remarkable Century of Transmission and Transformation by Steven Heine
This work presents a survey and critical examination of the prominent century from 1225 to 1325, when the Chinese Chan School of Buddhism was successfully converted into the Japanese Zen…
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This work presents a survey and critical examination of the prominent century from 1225 to 1325, when the Chinese Chan School of Buddhism was successfully converted into the Japanese Zen sect. The transfer course began with a handful of Japanese pilgrims, including Eisai, Dogen and Enni, who traveled to China in order to discover authentic Buddhism.
They soon learned that Chan, with the strong support of the secular elite, was well organized in terms of the complex teaching techniques of the various genealogies in the temples. After receiving the Dharma transition through face-to-face encounters with prominent Chinese teachers, Japanese monks returned home with many spiritual resources.
But foreign rites and customs faced resistance, and by the end of the thirteenth century it was difficult to imagine Zain's success soon. After the arrival of a series of immigrant monks, who received strong support from Shogun for their continental teachings, Zen became the dominant religious tradition in Japan.
Culminating in the 1320s when prominent leaders Daito and Muso learned Chinese enough to overcome the challenges of other sects with their Zen styles. The book examines the cross-cultural dilemma: How did this Buddhist school, which began a thousand years earlier as a perfect fantasy community for the isolated monks, acquire a wide range of influential followers in China and Japan? He answers this question by focusing on the legendary elements that contributed to the effectiveness of this transformation, especially the Buddha's living legend..
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