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Buddha from Korea: The Zen Teachings of T'aego by J.C. Cleary

By J.C. Cleary

A Buddha from Korea is meant to open a window on Zen Buddhism in previous Korea. The ebook facilities on a translation of teachings of the nice fourteenth-century Korean Zen adept referred to as T'aego, who used to be the prime consultant of Zen in his personal time and position. this can be an account of Zen Buddhism direct from an actual resource.

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Women were categorically excluded.

The first printed books were Buddhist sutras. Both the enduring practical currents of East Asian Buddhism, Pure Land and Zen, were rooted in the scriptures, but in different ways. Pure Land Buddhism In the sutras of the Buddha of Infinite Life, Pure Land believers found a promise that even sinners could gain salvation by relying on the power of Amitabha Buddha's vow to deliver all beings. Amitabha (whose name means "Infinite Life") grants rebirth in the Western Paradise to all those who invoke him.

The leading contenders had armed retinues and vast landed wealth to back up their claims, besides connections by descent and marriage at court. But already in the seventh century the eminent Korean Confucian Kangsu took the Sage's teaching to its logical conclusion and advocated that talent and virtue should outweigh inherited rank when state offices were filled. Society was structured around a hierarchy of statuses people were born into. Vast sections of the rural population were unfree, bound to the lands of wealthy nobles, 31 A BUDDHA FROM KOREA overseen on the ground by a network of bailiffs and strong-arm collectors and village notables.

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