Public Zen, Personal Zen: A Buddhist Introduction by Peter D. Hershock

By Peter D. Hershock

Between Buddhist traditions, Zen has been remarkably winning in garnering and maintaining curiosity outdoor the Buddhist homelands of Asia, and "zen" is now a part of the worldwide cultural lexicon. This deeply educated e-book explores the background of this enduring jap tradition—from its beginnings as a kind of Buddhist idea and perform imported from China to its reinvention in medieval Japan as a strength for non secular, political, and cultural switch to its function in Japan's embody of modernity. Going deeper, it additionally explores Zen throughout the studies and teachings of key people who formed Zen as a convention devoted to the embodiment of enlightenment by means of all. by way of bringing jointly Zen's institutional and private dimensions, Peter D. Hershock bargains readers a nuanced but available creation to Zen in addition to specific insights into matters that stay proper this present day, together with the inventive tensions among globalization and localization, the interaction of politics and faith, and the probabilities for integrating social transformation with own liberation.

Including an advent to the elemental teachings and practices of Buddhism and an account in their unfold throughout Asia, Public Zen, own Zen deftly blends historic aspect with the felt reviews of Zen practitioners grappling with the which means of human soreness, own freedom, and the combination of social and religious growth.

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By Peter D. Hershock

Between Buddhist traditions, Zen has been remarkably winning in garnering and maintaining curiosity outdoor the Buddhist homelands of Asia, and "zen" is now a part of the worldwide cultural lexicon. This deeply educated e-book explores the background of this enduring jap tradition—from its beginnings as a kind of Buddhist idea and perform imported from China to its reinvention in medieval Japan as a strength for non secular, political, and cultural switch to its function in Japan's embody of modernity. Going deeper, it additionally explores Zen throughout the studies and teachings of key people who formed Zen as a convention devoted to the embodiment of enlightenment by means of all. by way of bringing jointly Zen's institutional and private dimensions, Peter D. Hershock bargains readers a nuanced but available creation to Zen in addition to specific insights into matters that stay proper this present day, together with the inventive tensions among globalization and localization, the interaction of politics and faith, and the probabilities for integrating social transformation with own liberation.

Including an advent to the elemental teachings and practices of Buddhism and an account in their unfold throughout Asia, Public Zen, own Zen deftly blends historic aspect with the felt reviews of Zen practitioners grappling with the which means of human soreness, own freedom, and the combination of social and religious growth.

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105 The Tibetan text o f the First volum e (ka) that Stein translated has been published in Zentralasiatische studien, no 8. 1974. A vocabulary with words and their meaning in French is found in Zentralasiatische studien, no 7, 1973, “Vocabulaire tibetain de la Biographie de ’Brug-pa K un-legs,” pp. 129-178. 106 Ardussi 1972 107 An example o f a ’Brug pa kun legs story is found in Das 1970: 9 2 -9 4 . I have taken som e o f the information about ’Brug pa kun legs from Stein’s introduction to V ie e t chants de 'Brug-pa kun-legs le yogin , Stein 1972: 3 -27.

There were some parallels between this fragmented but intellectually produc­ tive Tibet and Italy in the same period, with its political fragmentation into city-states and its extraordinary artistic and scientific productivity. 58 In both cases, artists and scholars had to act stra­ tegically in accepting or refusing patronage, collaborating, and negotiating constantly shifting allegiances. 59 The Mad Yogins of the 15th— 16th Centuries It is within this historical framework that we must include the above­ mentioned mad yogins if we are to understand them.

82). Trungpa 1991; Trungpa 1994; Trungpa 2001. 133 133 See, for example, M iles 1989; Midal 2004; Mukpo and Gimian 2006; Perks 2006. There is also an interesting German translation o f a life story o f the the mad Mongolian master Schagdar who was seen as an incarnation o f the mad Chinese monk Ji gong (von Walter Heissig 1962). 135 Its literal meaning— “complete liberation”— reveals what this form o f literature is generally about, namely outlining a certain individual’s path to liberation (thar pa, moksa).

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