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Buddhadharma : Spring 2016
spring 2016 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly 77 revieWs But van Schaik explores Dunhuang manuscript evidence that tells a much less familiar story. It is also polemical, but from the other side of the debate. One text he translates, for instance, describes far more amicable and mutu- ally respectful interactions between Chinese (and even Korean) Zen monks and the Tibetan imperial court. Zen pre- sentations of enlightenment, meditation, and buddhahood are here said to be offi- cially sanctioned by the Tibetan impe- rial court and quite popular, especially among women in the royal family. The Chinese Zen monk Mohoyen himself appears in the Dunhuang Zen manu- scripts as a significant lineage figure, and the early manuscript van Schaik analyzes shows him as the victor in reli- gious dialogues with Tibetan and Indian interlocutors. This competing narrative of Zen’s popularity in imperial Tibet is fascinating, even if this version too must be taken with a grain of salt. Also exciting is the transnational picture of eighth- and ninth-century Tibetan and Central Asian Buddhism that van Schaik paints. Readers may have had no idea, for instance, that Korean Zen monks were leading important monasteries in Sichuan, China, at this time, much less that they were also in contact with Tibetan royal circles. The complicated international world of early Tibetan Buddhism appears from many angles in van Schaik’s collection of essays and translations. Indeed, Tibetan Zen is itself a kind of library, a sampling of the vast cave collection of Dunhuang on which the author is one of the lead- ing experts. As van Schaik says, “It is not so easy to evoke the ritual life of a tradition that no longer exists.” Many of the lineages he describes here eventu- ally died out in Tibet or were partially absorbed into later Tibetan schools. Yet in this volume, flashes of these lineages reveal themselves to us, providing brief glimpses of monks, meditators, soldiers, and kings in a far-off Central Asian place and time. ©thebritishlibrary distance learning opportunities tibetan language courses: levels i, ii, and iii Fundamentals of Buddhism: a dharma course (No Tibetan required) tli Bookstore Best-selling Beginners’ package with effective instructional dVds Visit the tli weBsite Free study aids, info about classes, and more www.tibetanlanguage.org tiB etan language institute learn tiBetan & study Buddhism with daVid curtis Over 19 years’ experience teaching hundreds of students “Learning Tibetan from David Curtis is definitely one of life’s better experiences.” —K.J., VA David was named a Lama in 1992 and an Acharya in 2005. new!! Buddhism Courses Upaya Zen Center Spring Retreats in Santa Fe, NM april 6 - 27, 2016 Spring Practice Period: Timeless Spring An Intensive Buddhist Training Retreat april 8-10 Bodhidharma Weekend J rian Byrnes & Genzan Quennell april 15-17 Bodhidharma Through Himalayan Eyes Explore N april 22-27 Sesshin: The Great Way Is Not Diffcult Intensive Meditation Pr eart/Mind of F J rian Byrnes & Sensei Irène Kaigetsu Kyojo Bakker may4-8,2016 The Great Spring: Writing, Zen, and this Zigzag Life Gentle Meditation and Experiential Writing atalie Goldberg santa fe, new mexico 505-986-8518 www.upaya.org firstname.lastname@example.org see entire calendar, teachings, & more at www.upaya.org