The Koan: Texts and Contexts in Zen Buddhism

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Steven Heine, Dale S. Wright
Oxford University Press, Apr 20, 2000 - Religion - 336 pages
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Koans are enigmatic spiritual formulas used for religious training in the Zen Buddhist tradition. Arguing that our understanding of the koan tradition has been severely limited, contributors to this collection examine previously unrecognized factors in the formation of this tradition, and highlight the rich complexity and diversity of koan practice and literature.
 

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Contents

A Historical Overview
15
2 The Antecedents of Encounter Dialogue in Chinese Chan Buddhism
46
Silent Transmission and the Kungan Koan Tradition
75
4 Kungan Chan and the Tsungmen tungyao chi
110
The Encounter between Iconoclasm and Supernaturalism in Koan Cases about Mount Wutai
137
Kungan Use in the Tsaotung Tradition and Tahuis Kungan Introspection Chan
168
Transformative Language in Chinese Buddhist Thought
200
8 Ikkyu and Koans
213
A Soto Practice in Medieval Japan
233
Koan Practice in the Rinzai Tradition since Hakuin
244
11 Koan and Kensho in the Rinzai Zen Curriculum
280
Index
317
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