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Zen Buddhism: A History

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  25 ratings  ·  5 reviews
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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Jan 10, 2010 Nash rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
In spite of some recognized biases & inaccuracies I think it is still an excellent resource for this history. Very accessible and readable.
A slog. A better editor would have reduced this book's repetition and simplified its chaotic structure.
Exceptionally informative, but it is an academic account.
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