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Core Texts of the Son Approach: A Compendium of Korean Son (Chan) Buddhism

ISBN : 9780197530542

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Author: 
Jeffrey Broughton
Pages
272 Pages
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Hardcover
Size
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Dec 2020
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Jeffrey Broughton here offers a study and partial translation of Core Texts of the Son Approach (Sonmun ch'waryo), an anthology of texts foundational to Korean Son (Chan/Zen) Buddhism. Core Texts of the Son Approach provides a convenient entree to two fundamental themes of Korean Son: Son vis-a-vis the doctrinal teachings of Buddhism (in which Son is shown to be superior) and the huatou (i.e., phrase; Korean hwadu) method of practice-work originally popularized by the Song dynasty Chinese Chan master Dahui Zonggao. This method consists of "raising to awareness" or "keeping an eye on" the phrase, usually No (Korean mu). No mental operation whatsoever is to be performed upon the phrase. One lifts the phrase to awareness constantly, when doing "quiet" cross-legged sitting as well as when immersed in the "noisiness" of everyday life. Core Texts of the Son Approach, which was published in Korea during the first decade of the twentieth century (the identity of the compiler is not known for certain), contains eight Chan texts by Chinese authors (two translated here) and seven Son texts by Korean authors (three translated here), showing the organic relationship between the parent Chinese tradition and its Korean inheritor. The set of translations in this volume will give readers access to some of the key texts of the Korean branch of this influential East Asian school of Buddhism.

Index: 

Abbreviations
Introduction
Core Texts of the Son Approach (Sonmun ch'waryo)
Dahui's Huatou Practice in the Five Texts Selected for Translation from Core Texts of Son
Five Selected Texts
Chinese Text I: Dharma Talks of Mengshan
Chinese Text II: Boshan's Chan Admonitions
Korean Text I: Chinul's Treatise on Resolving Uncertainty About Keeping an Eye on the Hwadu (Appended:
Korean Text IB Hyesim's Diagnosing Illlnesses That Arise in the Practice of the Mu Hwadu)
Korean Text II: Record of the Treasure Store of the Son Approach
Korean Text III: Hyujong's Comparative Elucidation of Son and the Teachings
Hallmark of Korean Son: The Mu Hwadu
Hallmark of Korean Son: Chan Master Chin'gwi as Teacher of Sakyamuni Buddha
Translation of Chinese Text I: Dharma Talks of Mengshan
Translation of Chinese Text II: Boshan's Chan Admonitions
Translation of Korean Text I: Chinul's Treatise on Resolving Uncertainty About Keeping an Eye on the Hwadu
Translation of Korean Text IB: Hyesim's Diagnosing Illlnesses That Arise in the Practice of the Mu Hwadu
Translation of Korean Text II: Record of the Treasure Store of the Son Approach
Translation of Korean Text III: Hyujong's Comparative Elucidation of Son and the Teachings
Sonmun ch'waryo Edition of Chinese Text I: Mengshan fayu
Sonmun ch'waryo Edition of Chinese Text II:Chan jingyu
HPC Edition of Korean Text I: Kanhwa kyorui ron
HPC Edition of Korean Text IB: Kuja mu pulsong hwa yonbyong ron
HPC Edition of Korean Text II: Sonmun pojang nok
HPC Edition of Korean Text III: Son'gyo sok
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About the author: 

Jeffrey Broughton is Professor Emeritus of the Religious Studies Department at California State University, Long Beach. Jeffrey Broughton and Elise Yoko Watanabeas previous books include The Letters of Chan Master Dahui Pujue, The Chan Whip Anthology: A Companion to Zen Practice, and The Record of Linji: A New Translation of the Linjilu in the Light of Ten Japanese Zen Commentaries.

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