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"Featuring a carefully selected collection of source documents, this tome includes traditional teaching tools from the Zen Buddhist traditions of China (Ch'an), Korea (Son), and Japan (Zen), including texts created by women. The selections provide both a good feel for the varieties of Zen and an experience of its common core. . . . The texts are experiential teachings and"Featuring a carefully selected collection of source documents, this tome includes traditional teaching tools from the Zen Buddhist traditions of China (Ch'an), Korea (Son), and Japan (Zen), including texts created by women. The selections provide both a good feel for the varieties of Zen and an experience of its common core. . . . The texts are experiential teachings and include storytelling, poetry, autobiographies, catechisms, calligraphy, paintings, and koans (paradoxical meditation questions that are intended to help aspirants transcend logical, linguistic limitations). Contextual commentary prefaces each text. Wade-Giles transliteration is used, although Pinyin, Korean, Japanese, and Sanskrit terms are linked in appendixes. An insightful introduction by Arai contributes a religious studies perspective. The bibliography references full translations of the selections. A thought-provoking discussion about the problems of translation is included. . . . Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels." --Choice...

Title : Zen Sourcebook: Traditional Documents from China, Korea, and Japan
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ISBN : 9780872209091
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 312 Pages
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Zen Sourcebook: Traditional Documents from China, Korea, and Japan Reviews

  • Sasha
    2018-10-25 07:08

    Addiss has certainly become my go-to author concerning Zen, especially Japanese Zen. Either way, this book gives a small introduction by Paula Arai to Zen in general (very good despite its brevity) and continues with extracts or full records of important Zen texts from China, Korea and Japan. It does not more than rudimentary details on why the texts were conceived or information about their authors, but that was not the purpose of the book in the first place. It is to find a good translation of essential texts in traditional Zen Buddhism and in that regard it delivers the needed information.

  • Ed
    2018-11-09 12:00

    This is very beautiful collection of Ch'an/Zen writings from China, Korea and Japan.