nine pieces of zen

This book is about Zen before it became Zen. It explores the original “no-mind” teachings of early Zen Buddhism as they evolved in T’ang Dynasty China during the 8th and 9th centuries. It also looks at the philosophical origins of Zen and its foundations in the Mahayana Buddha-nature teachings, the emptiness teachings of the Prajnaparamita and the Madhyamaka and the Yogacara of Vasubandhu. In the final sections there is an exploration of the Hua-yen teachings of interpenetration and the totality.

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