The Koan

The Koan

Texts and Contexts in Zen Buddhism

eBook - 2000
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Koans are enigmatic spiritual formulas used for religious training in the Zen Buddhist tradition. This innovative religious practice is one of the most distinctive elements of this tradition, which originated in medieval China and spread to Japan and Korea. Perhaps no dimension of Asian religous has attracted so much interest in the West, and its influence is apparent from beat poetry to deconstructive literary critisism. The essays collected in this volume, all previously; unpublished, argue that our understanding of the koan tradition has been severely limited. The authors try to undermine stereotypes and problematic interpretations by examining previously unrecognized factors in the formation of the tradition, and by highlighting the rich complexity and remarkable; diversity of koan practice and literature.
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2000
ISBN: 9780198027805
019802780X
9781280470967
1280470968
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 322 pages)
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Additional Contributors: Heine, Steven 1950-
Wright, Dale S.

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