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Zen RitualStudies of Zen Theory in Practice$
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Steven Heine and Dale S. Wright

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195304671

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304671.001.0001

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Introduction: Rethinking Ritual Practice in Zen Buddhism

Introduction: Rethinking Ritual Practice in Zen Buddhism

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(p.3) Introduction: Rethinking Ritual Practice in Zen Buddhism
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Zen Ritual
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Dale S. Wright (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304671.003.0001

The ritual dimension of the Zen tradition in East Asia took the particular shape that it did primarily by means of thorough absorption of two different cultural legacies in China, one—the Confucian —indigenous to China and one entering East Asia from India and Central Asia in the form of the Buddhist tradition, and influence Zen even today. The introduction places the Zen ritual tradition in relation to the growing interdisciplinary field of critical ritual studies. Relevant contemporary ritual theories include those that focus on the non‐intellectual dimensions of life, where the emotive and bodily dimension of learning and culture are given greater appreciation, and theories of ritual change that attempt to see how rituals tend to evolve over time without practitioners necessarily being aware of that transformation.

Keywords:   ritual studies, Interdisciplinary, transformation, practitioner, Chinese Buddhism

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