The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Zen Buddhism

Helen Josephine Baroni

Language: English

Pages: 426

ISBN: 0823922405

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

-- Over 1,700 in-depth entries from A-Z containing information on the beliefs, practices, and history of Zen Buddhism as well as its most significant movements, organizations, and personalities.
-- Complete with black-and-white photos throughout that illustrate the many aspects of Zen Buddhist culture and religion, including temples, relics, artifacts, and the ceremonial objects used by practitioners.
-- Thoroughly cross-referenced entries guide the reader to related terms and concepts.

Zen Buddhism is one of the most important and influential world religions. Its unique forms of artistic, philosophical, and spiritual practices, including meditation, haiku, and calligraphy, have spread throughout the world. Written in a clear and accessible style, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Zen Buddhism introduces readers to this vital and influential tradition.

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Paichang laughed and said, ‘The chief seat loses to Kuei-shan!’ Thereupon, Pai-chang made Kuei-shan the founding abbot.” Kaisandô Japanese for founder’s hall, a monastery building dedicated to the temple’s founding abbot. See founder’s hall. Kaisan Shidô Bu’nan Anju Zenji Anroku 172 “The Biography of the Founder, the Hermitage-dwelling Zen Master Shidô Bu’nan,” composed by Tôrei Enji (1721– 1792). The brief text provides a basic biographical sketch of Shidô Bu’nan (1603–1676), a Rinzai master

monks and nuns who devote their lives to the monastic life. Bodhisattvas build merit through their compassionate activities, which they share with others. The bodhisattva does not selfishly retain the benefits of good karma but transfers the benefits to all other beings. Thus, beginners on the Bodhisattva Path can rely on more advanced practitioners for assistance. The path of the bodhisattva begins when an individual hears the Dharma from a good spiritual friend (Zenchishiki). After pondering

Buddhist teachings. In the sutra, the Buddha tells his disciples about a father’s efforts to get his children safely out of their burning house. At first, the children are so engrossed in playing with their toys that they ignore their father’s pleas. Having failed with a direct approach, the father devises another plan of action. The father resorts to an expedient means to save their lives, promising them more wondrous toys if they will only go outside to collect them. The children race outside

his youth by his father, protected from any exposure to the ugliness and suffering of human life. On a series of outings to see and experience the world, the young Siddharta encountered first an old man, second a diseased individual, and third a corpse. From the first three encounters, the future Buddha learned about the inevitability of old age, illness, and death, which afflict all human beings. He pondered the fleeting nature of sensual pleasures and meditated on the reality of suffering.

prohibits killing, injuring, or wishing to harm sentient beings (those capable of thought or feeling). Ahimsa is the primary virtue in several Indian religious traditions, including Buddhism, Jainism, and Hinduism. The importance of ahimsa in Buddhist morality is seen in the precepts taken by lay people and the monastic community against killing. It is, in fact, the first precept of the five taken by lay practitioners and the first of ten taken by novices. Buddhism interprets the practice of

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