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"I know of no edited volume of as consistently excellent scholarship as this one. . . . Every contribution to this volume is of significant value, for which the editors and authors are to be congratulated."

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Peter N. Gregory is Jill Ker Conway Professor of Buddhist Studies at Smith College. He is also president and executive director of the Kuroda Institute for the Study of Buddhism. Daniel A. Getz, Jr., is assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Bradley University.
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  • Series: Studies in East Asian Buddhism
  • Paperback: 660 pages
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press (November 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824826817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824826819
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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This is a scholarly work which gives some interesting insights into what scholars believe happened in the Sung era between two of the greatest masters ever. Honghzhi and Ta-Hui. While there is some alluding to Ta Hui being critical of Hongzhi specifically and not of Buji zen, I take that with a grain of salt and cherish the historical aspects of this book. It raises the central argument most people think is relevant between Rinzai and Soto, gradual vs instantaneous enlightenment. It goes on to show that while Hongzhi did not raise the distinction between delusion and enlightenment, he did in fact mention that the most important thing is to overcome delusion.

I believe Tahui was very critical with silent illumination in the fact that may practitioners were involved with Buji zen. In other words the idea that since the great way is effortless, I do not need to make an effort. And that's just not the case because the autonomous mind is effortless as well, and without making an effort to not follow it, you will fall deeper into delusion. Hongzhi's main emphasis is on Shikantaza which is holding a state of non distracted awareness with no object whereas Tahui is holding an object (or koan) in a non distracted state. In both cases they are non distracted. While the experience is always instantaneous the actualization is always gradual. This is the case in both the "northern" and "southern" schools.
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Incredibly detailed and well documented presentation of the development of Buddhism in China during this oft overlooked transitional period.
Helpful Buddhist, non-Buddhist, political and social context provided throughout.
Not a light read. Extremely dense.
This is a scholarly work aimed at students of the history of Chinese/Chan/Zen, not an introduction to these traditions or some kind of practitioner's handbook.
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Studies of Buddhism in China continue to flourish, and this is an excellent collection of essays that showcase the strengths of a historically-informed understanding of this religious tradition. Hawaii continues to lead the field in its publication of high-quality monographs and essay-collections on Buddhism. Some of the essays in the collection are stronger than others, though on the whole, this is a quite readable scholarly work. Shinohara's essay is especially good.
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