Zen or Ch'an03 Oct 1994 12:03
Myths of the sect. Attitude towards the intellect. History of its lay following --- artists, literati, samurai. And authoritarianism. Introduction to the West and influence there. Origins of koans. And AI. Comparison to analytical philosophy (all those paradoxes, claims that things are pseudo-problems, etc.). Hu Shih once wrote a paper arguing that koans began as analytical paradoxes, which were intended to have logical (but perhaps counter-intuitive) answers; I don't know how well that idea has held up, but I like it.
I have a micro-collection of Zen documents.
- To read:
- Robert E. Buswell, , Jr., The Formation of Ch'an Ideology in China and Korea: The Vajrasamadhi-Sutra, a Buddhist Apocryphon
- Bret W. Davis, Zen Pathways: An Introduction to the Philosophy and Practice of Zen Buddhism
- Bernard Faure
- Steven Heine, Zen Skin, Zen Marrow: Will the Real Zen Buddhism Please Stand Up?
- Steven Heine and Dale S. Wright (eds.), The Zen Canon: Understanding the Classic Texts
- Brian Victoria, Zen at War
- Duncan Ryuken Williams, The Other Side of Zen: A Social History of Soto Zen Buddhism in Tokugawa Japan
- Shoji Yamada, Shots in the Dark: Japan, Zen, and the West