New PDF release: Buddha from Korea: The Zen Teachings of T'aego

By J.C. Cleary

ISBN-10: 1570626677

ISBN-13: 9781570626678

A Buddha from Korea is meant to open a window on Zen Buddhism in outdated Korea. The ebook facilities on a translation of teachings of the good fourteenth-century Korean Zen adept often called T'aego, who used to be the top consultant of Zen in his personal time and position. this is often an account of Zen Buddhism direct from an genuine resource.

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Belonging to such a group not only helped strengthen members' religious faith: it could also provide an important social support network. Periods of increased turbulence and insecurity in secular society were often accompanied by an upsurge in Pure Land belief. Through Pure 17 A BUDDHA FROM KOREA "Land societies, beleaguered peasants and townspeople could find psychological comfort: they might reconcile themselves to hopeless worldly circumstances by shifting the focus of their lives to rebirth in the Pure Land.

Some schools of Confucianism were open to Buddhist influences, and saw a fundamental harmony between the substance of the teachings of Buddha and the teachings of China's sage, Confucius. For example, to them the Buddhist ideal of the bodhisattva was akin to the Confucian value ·of ren, human fellow-feeling or benevolence, and Buddhist meditation was paralleled by Confucian practices of composing and calming the mind. They brought to the fore passages in the classics that they read as being equivalent to their Buddhist analogs.

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