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by Helen Baroni
A study of the Obaku branch of Japanese Zen, from the founding of the sect in Japan by Chinese monks in the 17th century. The author explores a wide range of texts and includes excerpts from important primary documents such as the Zenrin shuheishu and Obaku geki.
Paperback, 294 pages
Published January 31st 2000 by University of Hawaii Press
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A superb introduction into the lesser known Zen sect of Japan. It is a very complete book which discusses many problems, shows solutions and gives a good overview of Obaku Zen. It also looks at it in context of other Zen sects of the time of its introduction and the author did a wonderful job of looking at pretty much every angle. Japanese characters are only in the index, but for a complete work as this I did not mind as much as with other books.