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Zen Classics: Formative Texts in the History of Zen Buddhism

Steven Heine and Dale S. Wright


This book is a sequel to The Zen Canon, which began to explore the variety of influential texts in the history of Zen Buddhism. In Zen Classics that exploration is continued by shifting the focus from the Chinese origins of Zen to the other East Asian cultures where the Zen tradition came to fruition in subsequent eras. Scholars researching Chinese, Korean, and Japanese Zen literature have been invited to survey a single work or genre of works that, because of its power and influence, has helped shape the Zen tradition and cause it to be what it is today. The essays offer careful historical ... More

Keywords: Zen Buddhism, Chinese literature, Korean literature, Japanese literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195175257
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006 DOI:10.1093/0195175255.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

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