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Zen Skin, Zen Marrow: Will the Real Zen Buddhism Please Stand Up?

Steven Heine


This book provides analyses of the many ways Japanese Zen Buddhism can be interpreted as either a cure‐all for the world's problems as stated by the Traditional Zen Narrative (TZN) view or whether Zen is a contradictory, self‐serving entity as offered by the Historical and Cultural Criticism (HCC) view. Through the concepts of Zen “writes, rites, and rights,” the book examines the character of Zen. “Zen writes” describes the contradiction that although Zen is traditionally considered to be an esoteric religion based on personal transmissions between monks, it has created an extraordinary amoun ... More

Keywords: Critical Buddhism, religious syncretism, Zen Buddhism, traditional Zen narrative, historical and cultural criticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195326772
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326772.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven Heine, author
Florida International University
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