Zen Ritual Studies of Zen Buddhist Theory in Practice

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-11-14
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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This book addresses a significant new trend in thinking about Zen theory and practice. When books on Zen Buddhism began to appear in Western languages just over a half century ago, what attracted interest among Western readers was the Zen rejection of ritual. Famous "Beat Zen" writers were delighted by the Zen emphasis on spontaneity and wrote inspirationally about the demythologized, anti-ritualized spirit of Zen. Quotes from the great Zen masters supported this understanding of Zen and fed the excitement that surrounded the opening of "Zen centers" throughout the West.

Author Biography

Steven Heine is Professor of Religious Studies and History and Director of the Institute for Asian Studies at Florida International University. Dale S. Wright is David B. and Mary H. Gamble Professor of Religious Studies and Asian Studies at Occidental College. They are the coeditors of The Koan, Zen Canon, and Zen Classics.

Table of Contents

Abbreviationsp. ix
Contributorsp. xi
Introduction: Rethinking Ritual Practice in Zen Buddhismp. 3
Ritual in Japanese Zen Buddhismp. 21
Chan Rituals of the Abbots' Ascending the Dharma Hall to Preachp. 83
Buddhist Rituals for Protecting the Country in Medieval Japan: Myoan Eisai's "Regulations of the Zen School,"p. 113
Is Dogen's Eiheiji Temple "Mt. T'ien-t'ung East"?: Geo-Ritual Perspectives on the Transition from Chinese Ch'an to Japanese Zenp. 139
Zazen as an Enactment Ritualp. 167
Women and Dogen: Rituals Actualizing Empowerment and Healingp. 185
Invocation of the Sage: The Ritual to Glorify the Emperorp. 205
Meditation in Motion: Textual Exegesis in the Creation of Ritualp. 223
Dharma Transmission in Theory and Practicep. 261
Pinyin-Wade-Giles Conversion Tablep. 283
Notesp. 291
Indexp. 333
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