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by Heinrich Dumoulin




An updated edition of a seminal study on the history of Zen Buddhism describes the development and the philosophy of the Zen school, traces its roots in the traditions of ancient India and the influence it received from Chinese Taoism. Original.
Download Zen Buddhism: A History : India and China With a New Supplement on the Northern School of Chinese Zen (Nanzan Studies in Religion and Culture) epub
ISBN: 0028971094
ISBN13: 978-0028971094
Category: History
Subcategory: World
Author: Heinrich Dumoulin
Language: English
Publisher: Macmillan Pub Co (November 1, 1994)
Pages: 16 pages
ePUB size: 1951 kb
FB2 size: 1350 kb
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 293
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Goltikree
I already had Dumoulin's book on India and China, so I knew what I was getting. There have been further findings since he wrote Zen Buddhism: A History (Japan), but the basics are there, and it's readable. Glad this got updated and printed again.
Amarin
An essential reference for all Zen students/practitioners

This book along with its companion volume (Zen Buddhism: A History, Vol. 1 - India & China), also by Heinrich Dumoulin, is unique in offering the only extensive single-set history of Zen Buddhism available.

As such it is an essential reference for all Zen students, teachers, and practitioners. It also has plenty to offer students of Buddhism of all traditions, especially those of Mahayana.

While not as informative as its companion: Zen Buddhism, Volume 1: A History - India and China, it does offering an extensive overview of the rise and development of Zen in Japan.

After furnishing the reader with an overview of the spiritual landscape of the Japan during the time of its incorporation of Zen, Heinrich Dumoulin examines the lives and teachings of the major figures associated with the transmission of Zen from China.

Dumoulin then traces the developments of the two major sects of Zen Buddhism as they developed and competed for recognition and authority. While many of the details fail to acknowledge recent scholarship, Dumoulin's work still manages to provide readers with a general overview of these schools.

Providing both, historical and traditional accounts and information concerning the more influential Japanese Zen masters, Dumoulin offers readers some insights into the elements that distinguish the Ch'an of China from Zen Buddhist schools of Japan.

While this book, in offers an extensive overview, it does not offer in-depth examinations, unlike Volume One, some of the out-dated material is at significant odds with recent scholarship.

Nevertheless, with all the trimmings, front and back matter of quality scholarship (notes, detailed index, glossary, etc) this second of the two-volume history of Zen offers plenty of unique material that will be welcomed by Zen students for many generations to come.
Thetalen
It's a real shame that this book is out of print. This is one of the great, classic studies of the history of the development of Zen. Volume 1 (this one) covers the antecedents of Zen in India to its development in China. Volume 2 covers Zen in Japan. I've only read volume 1, but I learned a lot about both the history of Zen and also its philosophy. Dumoulin is one of the great scholars of the history of Zen, and although he is not always philosophically acute, you will get some genuine insights into Zen doctrine by reading this. (Of course, according to Zen, the doctrine isn't really what's important!)