The Zen Experience - PDF by Thomas Hoover

The Zen Experience

The Zen Experience


The truth of Zen has always resided in individual experience rather than in theoretical writings. To give the modern reader access to an understanding of this truth.

THE ZEN EXPERIENCE illumines Zen as it was created and shaped by the personalities, perceptions, and actions of its masters over the centuries. Beginning with the twin roots of Zen in Indian Buddhism and Chinese Taoism, we follow it through its initial flowering in China under the First Patriarch Bodhidharma; its division into schools of "gradual" and "sudden " enlightenment under Shen-hsui and Shen-hui; the ushering in of its golden age by Hui- neng; the development of "shock" enlightenment by Ma-tsu; its poetic greatness in the person of Han- shan; the perfection of the use of the koan by Ta-hui; the migration of Zen to Japan and its extraordinary growth there under a succession of towering Japanese spiritual leaders. Rich in historical background, vivid in revealing anecdote and memorable quotation, this long-needed work succeeds admirably in taking Zen from the library shelves and restoring its living, human form.

Contents:

Preface to Zen
Taoism: The Way to Zen
Lao Tzu
Chuang Tzu
Kuo Hsiang: A Neo-Taoist
The Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove
The Buddhist Roots of Zen
The Buddha
Nagarjuna
Kumarajiva
Seng-Chao
Tao-sheng
The Synthesis
PART I. THE EARLY MASTERS
1. Bodhidharma: First Patriarch of Zen
2. Hui-k'o: Second Patriarch of Zen
3. Seng-Ts'an, Tao-Hsin, Fa-Jung, and Hung-Jen: Four Early
Masters
4. Shen-hsiu and Shen-hui: "Gradual" and
"Sudden" Masters
5. Hui-neng: Sixth Patriarch and Father of Modern Zen
PART II. THE GOLDEN AGE OF ZEN
6. Ma-tsu: Originator of "Shock" Enlightenment
7. Huai-hai: Father of Monastic Ch'an
8. Nan-Chuan and Chao-chou: Masters of the Irrational
9. P'ang and Han-shan: Layman and Poet
10. Huang-po: Master of the Universal Mind
PART III. SECTARIANISM AND THE KOAN
1 1 . Lin-chi: Founder of Rinzai Zen
12. Tung-shan and Ts'ao-shan: Founders of Soto Zen
13. Kuei-shan, Yun-men, and Fa-yen: Three Minor Houses
14. Ta-hui: Master of the Koan
PART IV. ZEN IN JAPAN
15. Eisai: The First Japanese Master
16. Dogen: Father of Japanese Soto Zen
17. Ikkyu: Zen Eccentric
18. Hakuin: Japanese Master of the Koan
19. Reflections
Notes
Bibliography


Author: Thomas Hoove
Publication Date:1980


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