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Zen Buddhism, A History by Heinrich Dumoulin
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Jun 08, 2012

it was amazing
Read in May, 2012

Not just an in-depth study of roots of Zen in Indian and Chinese Buddhist philosophy, but also an exploration into the geo-political environment encircling Zen development, Dumoulin has done an extraordinary job of piecing together the key historical figures and documents of Zen accurately. Since he wrote this book, there have been key scholarly developments in the field of Zen studies, but his work is by no means outdated. In fact, his review and understanding of the Sixth Patriarch and his succession is probably the best I've read. Dumoulin also does a great job of addressing in passing Suzuki's Zen thesis that Zen is entirely a unique Japanese accomplishment. The work of this first volume has been to show how Indian and Chinese Buddhism greatly rooted Zen and it's influence on Japanese Zen can be clearly seen. This book is a must read on anyone interested in Zen, Buddhism, or Indian and Chinese philosophies.

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