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Drawn from the files of chinese language Zen masters of the Tang and tune dynasties, this assortment might shock a few readers. unlike the preferred photo of Zen as an authoritarian, monastic culture deeply rooted in Asian tradition, those passages painting Zen as remarkably versatile, adaptive to modern and person wishes, and transcending cultural boundaries.

The readings contained in Zen Essence emphasize that the perform of Zen calls for realization on my own and doesn't rely on a heritage in Zen Buddhism and Asian tradition. the real essence of Zen is living within the dating among brain and tradition, no matter what that tradition can be. This special selection of writings creates an image of Zen no longer as a faith or philosophy, yet as a realistic technological know-how of freedom.

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Editor's Introduction
1. The BuddhaÕs traditional and supreme Tooth
Ð John Buescher
2. Ask a Farmer: final research and Conventional
Existence in Tsong kha pa's Lam rim chen mo
Ð man Newland
3. portray the objective: at the id of the
Object of Negation (dgag bya) Ð Donald S. Lopez, Jr.
4. slicing the Roots of advantage: Tsong kha pa on the
Results of Anger Ð Daniel Cozort
5. Ethics because the foundation of a Tantric culture: Tsong kha pa
and the Founding of the dGe lugs Order in Tibet
Ð Elizabeth Napper
6. Bon rDzogs chen on Authenticity (pramÝna, tshad ma):
Prose and Poetry at the course Ð Anne Carolyn Klein
7. The dGe ldanÐbKaÕ brgyud culture of MahÝmudrÝ:
How a lot dGe ldan? How a lot bKaÕ brgyud?
Ð Roger R. Jackson
8. Demons at the mom: Objections to the Perfect
Wisdom Sñtras in Tibet Ð Gareth Sparham
9. Gung thang and Sa bzang Ma ti Paû chen on the
Meaning of ÒFoundational ConsciousnessÓ
(Ýlaya, kun gzhi) Ð Joe Bransford Wilson
10. Authorship and Literary construction in
Classical Buddhist Tibet Ð JosŽ Ignacio Cabez—n
11. Altruism and Adversity: views from Psychoanalytic
Object family members conception Ð Harvey B. Aronson
12. Drawing the metal Bow: A Bibliographic Appreciation
of the Literary Legacy of Paul Jeffrey Hopkins
and His application on the collage of Virginia
Ð Paul G. Hackett
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He thereupon attains a spiritual breakthrough, namely, a vision of the Four discarded outright. The fact that Gangika was praised for the way in which he acted, however, renders Filliozat's hypothesis rather improbable. 64 See Jakob S. Speyer, Die indische Theosophie: aus den Quellen dargestellt (Leipzig: Haessel, 1914),275-7. Speyer also points out that this belief can be detected in some of the stories in which the Bodhisattva commits suicide for altruistic reasons. As an example, he mentions the story of King Padmaka, which is also contained in the Avad6nasataka; see Avs I, 168-72 (No.

Newer publications include Benn, "Where Text Meets Flesh," 295-322; Ku Cheng-mei, "A Ritual of Mahayana Vinaya: Self-Sacrifice," in Buddhist Thought and Ritual, ed. David J. Kalupahana (New York: Paragon House, 1991), 159-71. Finally, John Kieschnick, The Eminent Monk: Buddhist Ideals in Medieval Chinese Hagiography, Studies in East Asian Buddhism 10 (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1997), deserves special mention, because Kieschnick focuses his attention on the sources themselves that contain, among other things, the reports of suicide and tries to determine the intention behind their compilation and their Sitz im Leben.

It seems that we DN II 332, 4-5. Mil 44, 33-4. 23 Ibid. , Theragatha, 2nd edition with appendices by K. R. Norman and Ludwig Alsdorf (London: Pali Text Society, 1966), v. 1003; K. R. , Elders' Verses I: Theragatha (London: Pali Text Society, 1969). 21 22 33 Martin Delhey cannot do so, since in the old sutras ncit less than three cases of disciples of the Buddha who enter nirval}-a after committing suicide are reported. 24 This being the case, it has to be considered whether these monks attained salvation in spite of, because of, or quite independently of their suicide.

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