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Zen Buddhism: A History

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The second of a two-volume set, this book offers a detailed account of the history, development, ideas, and image of the Zen school of Mahayana Buddhism.
Paperback, 509 pages
Published November 1st 1989 by Schirmer Trade Books (first published 1989)
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Nash
Jan 10, 2010 Nash rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Zen enthusiasts
This is part II of the 2-part series of history of Zen. Part one is on India and China. But after looking wearily at more than 500 pages for each volume, I delved right on volume 2 first and let volume 1 sits prettily on my non-virtual bookshelf for the time being! heh-heh! The book delivers what it says: history. It is really, really well-documented and covers not only the introduction of Zen in Japan, but also all the major schools, the lineage, Zen in Japanese culture, and also talks about ho ...more
Jessica Zu
Aug 04, 2011 Jessica Zu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This volume on Japanese Chan is again very old and traditional, needs more make up from the newly discovered materials. But overall, it is a good book to start with for those who are interested in Jp Chan history. I personally did not spend much time on this book because the writing is a bit too dry and I am not motivated enough to learn JP Chan history:)
Troy Couillard
Mar 31, 2014 Troy Couillard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In spite of some recognized biases & inaccuracies I think it is still an excellent resource for this history. Very accessible and readable.
Rick
Oct 14, 2014 Rick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A slog. A better editor would have reduced this book's repetition and simplified its chaotic structure.
James
Jul 22, 2012 James rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exceptionally informative, but it is an academic account.
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