The Tiger's Cave: Translations of Japanese Zen Texts (Second Zen Reader)

1st Edition

Trevor Leggett

Published April 26, 2016
Reference - 194 Pages
ISBN 9781138659025 - CAT# Y230456
Series: Routledge Library Editions: Zen Buddhism


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The Japanese texts translated here give a fascinating picture of actual Zen life – the life of the traditional temple training, with many stories and a number of historical incidents connected with Zen masters. The main text is the important commentary by a contemporary Soto Zen abbot on the Heart Sutra – the shortest and most difficult sutra in Mahayana Buddhism. Then comes a translation of the Yasen Kanna, a short autobiographical piece by Hakuin, the Japanese Zen teacher, monk and poet who revitalized Rinzai Zen in the eighteenth century. The remaining texts show what Zen means in Japan today.

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