The history of Zen can be almost as perplexing as its cryptic koan. In many accounts of Zen history, it is often hard to tell who is Chinese and who is Japanese, who lived in the sixth century and who in the 16th. Andy Ferguson attempts to clear the air once and for all. In his Zen's Chinese Heritage
, he organises all of the Chinese Zen masters from Boddhidharma at the turn of the fifth century to Huikai in the 13th century, presenting their core records and writings in chronological order by generation--25 generations in all. Drawing from Wudeng Huiyan
(Compendium of Five Lamps
) and other records, Ferguson translates the classic Zen teachings, from dialogues to anecdotes to koan, in spare, straightforward language. Included is an expertly arranged fold-out lineage chart of the Zen ancestors, with cross-referencing by Japanese, Chinese pinyin
, and Chinese Wade-Giles transcriptions. Ferguson's work is not only a priceless treasury of Zen literature, it is a road map to the history of Zen. --Brian Bruya
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.