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The Golden Age of Zen: Zen Masters of the T'Ang Dynasty
A classic, examining the history of the great Chinese Zen masters of the 7th through 10th century.
Paperback, 280 pages
Published October 8th 2003 by World Wisdom Books
(first published December 1st 1995)
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It's an ok book but with such a naive and romantic understanding of Chan. I don't think it helped much in terms of understanding Chan. Mostly it is propagating the romanticized image of Chan, so maybe is even harmful for people who wants to understand. Yet, it's a good book to read if you keep a critical mind and NOT falling for the rosy images.
Good to know about many Zen Masters of old, but not through this book. This book is written with a very biased view. The basic idea of Zen is to look at the world with awareness without bringing any philosophy in between. But the author is so biased towards Christianity, that he keeps on bringing Christianity every now and then. In the book he has many times said about the stories related to Bodhidharma and few others that they are legends (without any basis). But in the whole book, he never say ...more