9780691034775

The Zen Monastic Experience

  • ISBN 13:

    9780691034775

  • ISBN 10:

    069103477X

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 11/29/1993
  • Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr

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Summary

Robert Buswell, a Buddhist scholar who spent five years as a Zen monk in Korea, draws on personal experience in this insightful account of day-to-day Zen monastic practice. In discussing the activities of the postulants, the meditation monks, the teachers and administrators, and the support monks of the monastery of Songgwang-sa, Buswell reveals a religious tradition that differs radically from the stereotype prevalent in the West. The author's treatment lucidly relates contemporary Zen practice to the historical development of the tradition and to Korean history more generally, and his portrayal of the life of modern Zen monks in Korea provides an innovative and provocative look at Zen from the inside.

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