Zen Sourcebook : Traditional Documents from China, Korea, and Japan, Paperback

Zen Sourcebook : Traditional Documents from China, Korea, and Japan Paperback

Edited by Stephen Addiss, Stanley Lombardo, Judith Roitman



"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


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 312 pages, b/w illus
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Co, Inc
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  • Category: Zen Buddhism
  • ISBN: 9780872209091



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