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"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

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Zen Buddhism: A History Japan 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.

Zen Buddhism: A History India and China represents a newly revised and greatly expanded edition of Heinrich Dumoulin's acclaimed history of Zen Buddhism which was first published over 30 years ago. It has been updated to take into account the wealth of historical research that has gone on in the intervening years, insuring its place as a standard reference work in the field. This volume treats Zen from its roots in ancient Indian Buddhism and Yoga to its flowering in China under the influence of Taoism and Confucian thought. Dumoulin not only introduces the imposing personalities of Zen Buddhism, among them Shakyamuni, Hui-neng, and Lin-chi, but also discusses the various expressions of Zen in the art and culture of India and China.
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