Zen: Bibliography and Webiography about Chan, Seon and Zen.Vancouver, Canada, November 22, 2010 — Zen is a school of Mahyna Buddhism. The Japanese word Zen is derived from the Chinese word Chn, which in turn is derived from the Sanskrit word dhyna, which means “meditation” or “meditative state”. Zen emphasizes experiential praj in the attainment of enlightenment. As such, it de-emphasizes theoretical knowledge in favor of direct realization through meditation and dharma practice. The teachings of Zen include various sources of Mahyna thought, including the Prajpramit literature and the teachings of the Yogcra and Tathgatagarbha schools.
http://www.amareway.org/holisticliving/10/zen-bibliography-and-webiography/ offers a review of weblinks and books about Zen history and present.
The emergence of Zen as a distinct school of Buddhism was first documented in China in the 7th century CE. From China, Zen spread south to Vietnam, and east to Korea and Japan. As a matter of tradition, the establishment of Zen is credited to Bodhidharma, who came to China to teach a “special transmission outside scriptures, not founded on words or letters”.
In China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam, the local name of the tradition is always cognate to Sanskrit dhyna. (Japanese: Romaji: Zen, Hiragana: , Kanji: /; Chinese: Traditional: , Simplified: , Pinyin: Chn, Wade-Giles: Ch’an; pronounced [tn]; Cantonese Jyutping: Sim4, Shanghainese (Wu): Zeu [z], Nanchang Gan: Cen; Korean: Revised Romanization: Seon, McCune-Reischauer: Sn, Hangul: , Hanja: ; Vietnamese: Quc ng: Thin, Hn t: )
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