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Chan Comes West: Includes a Collection of Articles by John Crook, Simon Child, Max Kalin, Zarko Andricevic, and Gilbert Gutierrez

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Chan Buddhism, known in Japan as Zen and in Korea as Son, emphasizes the unity of wisdom and practice, the reality of sudden awakening, and the importance of meditation. It also emphasizes the use of shock tactics, the centrality of the teacher-student relationship, and the celebration of enlightenment narratives, or koans. Chan Master Sheng Yen, who became a monk at age 13, is a lineage descendant in the two surviving schools of Chan Buddhism: the Linji (Rinzai in Zen) and the Caodong (Soto in Zen). In Chan Comes West, he ...

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