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Zen Buddhism: A History Japan Volume 2
Zen Buddhism: A History Japan Volume 2
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ISBN:  0-941532-90-9
Book Size:  6 x 9
# of Pages:  520
Language:  English



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This classic history of Zen embodies a scholar’s respect for historical research and a monk’s respect for Zen as a religion. With an unparalleled breadth of scope and detail covering both Rinzai and Soto traditions in Japan, the monumental figure of Dogen, Zen in Art and Culture, Zen Master Hakuin, and Modern Movements in post-war Japan, this book is essential reading for any serious student of Japanese Zen. The great merit of Dumoulin’s study is that he presents the history of Zen from the ‘inside’; his version follows that of an unbroken line of Zen Masters and monks, explaining core religious ideas which have shaped generations of Zen practitioners.
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Detailed Description of Zen Buddhism

This classic history of Zen embodies a scholar’s respect for historical research and a monk’s respect for Zen as a religion. With an unparalleled breadth of scope and detail covering both Rinzai and Soto traditions in Japan, the monumental figure of Dogen, Zen in Art and Culture, Zen Master Hakuin, and Modern Movements in post-war Japan, this book is essential reading for any serious student of Japanese Zen. The great merit of Dumoulin’s study is that he presents the history of Zen from the ‘inside’; his version follows that of an unbroken line of Zen Masters and monks, explaining core religious ideas which have shaped generations of Zen practitioners. In this classic history Dumoulin identifies “pure” and “authentic” Zen, combining a scholar’s respect for history with an insider’s view of one who reveres the spiritual sources which have sustained many generations of Zen practitioners. With an unparalleled breadth of scope and detail covering both Rinzai and Soto traditions in Japan, the monumental figure of Dogen, Zen in Art and Culture, Zen Master Hakuin, and Modern Movements in post-war Japan, this book is essential reading for any serious student of Japanese Zen. The luminous heart of Zen, “not founded on words and letters”, shines through these pages, and Dumoulin never fails to remind us of those core religious ideas which transcend history and shape the life of the spirit.

About the Author(s)

Heinrich Dumoulin

Born in 1905, Heinrich Dumoulin was one of the world's foremost Zen scholars. Works previously translated into English include Buddhism in the Modern World, Zen Enlightenment, Zen Buddhism: A History; Volume 1 India and China and Zen Buddhism: A History; Volume 2 Japan.

Father Dumoulin is the author of Zen Buddhism: A History; Volume 1 India and China and Zen Buddhism: A History; Volume 2 Japan.


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Victor Sogen Hori

Victor Sogen Hori received his doctoral degree in philosophy from Stanford University in 1976 and that same year was ordained a Zen monk in Kyoto. After devoting the next thirteen years to training at monasteries in Japan, he returned to the academic life in 1990. He is currently professor of Japanese religions in the Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University.

Professor Hori is also the author of several books on Buddhism as well as the foreword to Heinrich Dumoulin’s Zen Buddhism: A History; Japan Volume 2.


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Reviews of Zen Buddhism

"The decision to reprint of Heinrich Dumoulin’s classic study of Zen history, according to one of the original translators, James Heisig, “was not an easy one to make.” As a friend of mine said, '”I’m not sure what that tells us about the state of Zen studies in the West, but good luck with your review!” The problem lies, as Heisig warns us, in the explosion of Western scholarly work on Zen from the moment it appeared in English translation in 1988 that made Dumoulin’ study vulnerable to criticism. The problem was not that it soon became dated after its publication. It is also the fact that the entire methodological underpinnings to Dumoulin’s approach to his history came under a hermeneutics of suspicion by Bernard Faure, John McCrae and others among a new generation of Zen scholars.

So why read it, let alone review it? The new edition is valuable because of the fascinating introductions by John McRae and Victor Hori. For his part, McRae sees it as “an excellent reference work” that still should not be read as an authoritative history of Zen given advances in the field. Hori’s introduction, by contrast, is more sympathetic, arguing that critics who see Dumoulin “as a naïve historian who let himself be beguiled by Zen into promoting its deceptive self image” are being unfair as he told the history of Zen from the insider’s point of view. The remainder of Hori’s essay is a spirited attack of McRae’s critique of Dumoulin’s “romanticized image of Zen.” What both introductions do is to place the current controversy over the history of the field, methodological approaches, the insider/outsider problem, etc. before the reader for critical reflection. The result is a perfect framework for assessing not only the strengths and weaknesses of Dumoulin’s book, but also the state of the field of Zen studies."
Mark MacWilliams, Religious Studies Review



"Zen Buddhism: A History Japan is the new edition of volume two of Zen scholar Dumoulin's classic two-volume reference of the history of Zen. Specifically focusing upon the development of Zen in Japan from its inception to its expansion during the middle ages and modern Zen movements, Zen Buddhism: A History Japan has now been enhanced with notes by James W. Heisig of the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture and a new introduction by Victor Sogen Hori of McGill University. Zen Buddhism: A History Japan is an extensive, in-depth, scholarly, superbly written and presented resource and reference, intended especially for scholars, historians, and students of Zen Buddhism due to its thorough detail."

—Midwest Book Review



"Heinrich Dumoulin, the foremost exponent of the history of Zen Buddhism to the West, wrote his first history of Zen in German in 1959. Despite the flood of research on Zen Buddhism, it is clear that only the barest outlines have been revealed. It is evident that the task of writing a comprehensive history of Zen through the ages is Herculean.

No major library or Student of Zen History can afford to be without these volumes, for they are a product of immense scholarship, summing up much of the mountain of Studies of Zen. Dumoulin's volumes will provide initial guidance for many researchers in the future and will no doubt be seen as one of the pioneering classic in English in the field."

—Japanese Journal of Religious Studies



"This scholarly tome gives a thorough account of the rise and development of Zen Buddhism in India and China. This erudite and meticulous account by Heinrich Dumoulin is not for the faint hearted! It is, however, an excellent work of scholarship, and indispensible for anyone wishing to develop their knowledge of Zen history."

—AboutBuddhism.com



“….a necessary addition to any library and will certainly replace its earlier edition as the standard work in the field."


—Choice




"Dumoulin's work (Zen Buddhism: A History) chronicles the history of Zen from its origins in India, its further development and dissemination throughout China, and finally, and most extensively, to its roots and expansion in Japan."

—Ian Patton, The Edmonton Buddhist Priory



“The publication of these books set a landmark in the study of the history of Zen Buddhism…It is the consummation of the life-long work of one of the world’s leading scholars of Zen Buddhism.”

—Tadanori Yamashita, The Journal of Asian Studies



Table of Contents for Zen Buddhism

Zen Buddhism II Japan

Foreword to the 1990 Edition
Note to the 2005 Edition by James W. Heisig
Introduction by Victor Sogen Hori
The Zen Schools in Japan
Section 1: The Planting of Zen In Japan

1. The Rinzai School in the Kamakura Period
- Early History Background to the Kamakura Period
- Dainichi Nõnin and the Daruma School
- Eisai
- Eisai’s Disciples
- Enni Ben’en
- Shinchi Kakushin
- Chinese Masters
- The Rinzai School Prior to the End of the Kamakura
- Period
2. Dogen
- Life and Work
- Essential Characteristics
- Zen Master and Religious Thinker
3. The Soto School after Dogen
- Dogen and His Disciples
- Koun Ejo
- The Dispute over the Third-Generation Successor
- Keizan Jokin
Section 2: Expansion and Achievement to the End of the
- Middle Ages
4. The Five Mountains to the Rinzai School
- The Establishment and Reinforcement of the System
- National Teacher Muso
- The Movement of the Five Mountains during the
- Muromachi Period
5. The Rinka Monasteries
- Daitoku-ji and its Founder Kanzan Egen and the Myoshin-ji Line
- Ikkyp Spjun
- The Genjo Line Rural Rinzai Monasteries
- The Expansion of the Soto School
6. Zen in Art and Culture
- Architecture
- Garden Art
- Calligraphy
- Painting
- The Spread of Tea Culture
- Related Arts
Section 3: The Zen Movement during the Modern Period
7. The Beginnings of Japan’s Modern Period
- The Periods of Azuchi (1568-1582) and Momoyama (1582-1600)
- The First Encounters between Zen and Christianity
- The Edo Period and Zen
- Takuan Soho
8. The Zen Schools during the Tokugawa Period
- The Obaku School
- The Rinzai School before Hakuin The Soto School
- An Excursus on Basho and Zen’s Love of Nature
9. Hakuin
- Life and Enlightenment Experiences The Zen Sickness
- Koan Practice before and after Enlightenment
- Working among the People
- Hakuin’s Disciples and Hakuin’s Zen
10. Modern Movements
- The Zen Schools in the New Order of the Meiji Period
- Masters of the Rinzai School
- Adjustments within the Soto School
- Opening to the West
Epilogue
Appendix 1 : Abbreviations
Appendix 2: Chronological Table
Appendix 3: Chinese Characters
Appendix 4: Genealogical Tables
Bibliography
Chinese and Japanese Sources
Works in Western Languages
Index of Names and Titles
Index of Terms and Subjects


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