Category Archives: Book Reviews

Review of 《沿革与模式:新加坡道教和佛教传播研究》(Evolution and Model: The Propagation of Taoism and Buddhism in Singapore), by Xu Yuantai (许源泰)

My humble review of Hue Guan Thye’s (Xu Yuantai 许源泰) 《沿革与模式:新加坡道教和佛教传播研究》(Evolution and Model: The Propagation of Taoism and Buddhism in Singapore) has been published in the Journal of Chinese Overseas. Check out Hue Guan Thye’s fascinating book at: http://www.globalpublishing.com.sg/bookshop/g293.html

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Review of How Zen Became Zen: The Dispute over Enlightenment and the Formation of Chan Buddhism in Song-Dynasty China, by Morten Schlütter.

How Zen Became Zen: The Dispute over Enlightenment and the Formation of Chan Buddhism in Song-Dynasty China. By Morten Schlütter. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2008, 289 pages, ISBN: 978-0-8248-3255-1 (cloth), US$48.00.

ISSN 1076-9005
Volume 17, 2010

Reviewed by Jack Meng-Tat Chia
Harvard University
mtchia@fas.harvard.edu

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Review of Fathering Your Father: The Zen of Fabrication in Tang Buddhism, by Alan Cole.

Fathering Your Father: The Zen of Fabrication in Tang Buddhism, by Alan Cole. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009. 340 + xix pp. Hardcover $65.00, ISBN 978-052025484-8, Paperback $27.50, ISBN 978-052025485-5.

Chan (襌) and its Japanese counterpart, Zen, have always been a popular subject of scholarly attention. Recent years have witnessed an interesting burgeoning of literature on the history of Chan Buddhism, which grapples with various issues, including formative texts, the establishment of schools within the tradition, spiritual transmission and disputes over the nature of enlightenment. Alan Cole’s new book, Fathering Your Father, continues his tradition of utilizing familial terms – father, mother, and son – to discuss Buddhism. This study adopts a ‘History of Religions’ approach in its attempt to re-examine the history of early Chan Buddhism… [Read full review].