Sign In . Don't have a World Wisdom ID? Sign Up

   Limit Search to: Advanced Search
What is Sacred Art?
William C. Chittick explores "The Sufi Doctrine of Rumi"
The Sermon of All Creation: Christians on Nature
Spiritual Poetry
Paul Goble's World: Native Americans' relationship to all created beings
Light on the Ancient Worlds: A Brief Survey of the Book by Frithjof Schuon
Books on Hinduism
Every Branch In Me: Who are we as "human" beings?
Science and the Myth of Progress
Memories (video clips) of Martin Lings by Michon and Petitpierre
Slideshows
  About this series Back to the List of Slideshows
    
slide 6 of 8

This book gives a fascinating survey of the early years of Chinese Zen (Chan) Buddhism, staying focused on the movement of Buddhism to the land where Taoism and Confucianism flourished. Wu's survey, combined with interesting translations from these earliest Zen masters, reveals a time of spiritual vibrancy and powerful personalities that help explain the later developments of Zen with which western readers are more familiar.




"Here is a book that will do much to clarify the still very confused western idea of Zen Buddhism. It is not an apologia, not a criticism, not a purely academic history, not a romantic exercise of imaginative concordism. It looks at the great Chinese Zen Masters of the 7th to the 10th centuries A.D., and portrays them in their "Five Houses". It enables us to situate their teaching and to enjoy it in its context.…Though few Westerners will ever actually come to a real understanding of Zen, it is still worth their while to be exposed to its brisk and heady atmosphere. This book will be a good place to make the acquaintance of what can be called the very quintessence of Buddhist wisdom, in the Golden Age of Chinese Zen."

—Thomas Merton (excerpt from the Introduction)

“A rich harvest of the sayings and training methods of the great Chinese Zen masters. Highly recommended.”

——Roshi Philip Kapleau, author of The Three Pillars of Zen

"Recommended for any collection with an interest in Zen or comparative religion."
—Library Journal



Back to the List of Slideshows



Home | Books | DVDs | Authors | eProducts | Members | Slideshows | Library | Image-Gallery | Links | About Us | Sitemap





Privacy Statement
Copyright © 2008