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Seeing Through Zen: Encounter, Transformation, and Genealogy in Chinese Chan Buddhism (review)

From: Philosophy East and West
Volume 56, Number 2, April 2006
pp. 355-358 | 10.1353/pew.2006.0026

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2006 by University of Hawai‘i Press 355 Through a series of articles, McRae has contributed greatly to emerging perspectives on Chan. The current volume under review may be taken as McRae’s current observations on the subject of Chinese Chan, based on his own recent research and that of others. The chapters that constitute Seeing Through Zen were first prepared in Spanish translation for presentation at the Templo Zen Luz Serena in Valencia, Spain. The expected readership includes three groups: ‘‘Zen and other Buddhist practitioners; students and scholars of Chinese religions, Buddhist studies, and related fields; and a general audience interested in Asian religions and human culture’’ (p. xi). While some of the propositions in the book will, by design, provoke healthy debate among scholars, the primary purpose for this book as I see it is as a classroom text, either at universities or for temple instruction for practitioners interested in current scholarly assessments of their religion (according to the author, many of the chapters were the basis for presentations to various groups of Chan and Zen...

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