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 publication facilities on a translation of teachings of the good fourteenth-century Korean Zen adept often called T'aego, who used to be the prime consultant of Zen in his personal time and position. this is often an account of Zen Buddhism direct from an actual resource.

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But there was also the tolerance to allow for a variety of approaches to Buddhism, from shallow to profound. Some of the early Zen teachers withdrew from the already established monasteries to set up new centers for those dedicated to a more rigorous concept of the monastic life. Groups of seekers would gather around an adept, drawn by his reputation for wisdom. Sometimes a Zen teacher became the most influential presence at an already established temple, which then became known as a Zen temple.

This vision of Pure Land Buddhism facilitated the linked teaching of Zen and Pure Land methods: many East Asian Buddhist teachers from the tenth century on were at home with both Zen and Pure Land practices, and emphasized one or the other or both together as the occasion required. 18 T'AEGO'S WORLD Zen Buddhism Among all the forms of East Asian Buddhism, it was the Zen school that had the most profound impact on the region's high culture and philosophy. The pioneers of Zen drew on the classic Mahayana sutras, particularly the Lankavatara Sutra, the Diamond Sutra, the Sutra of Complete Enlightenment, the Vimalakirti Sutra, the Surangama Sutra, the Nirvana Sutra, and of course the Lotus Sutra· and the Huayan Sutra.

These teachings were sometimes called the Lesser Vehicles: not to deny their (provisional) validity, but to point out that they should be employed as stepping stones, and not imagined to be final truths or ultimate destinations. At the next level were the elementary teachings of the Great Vehicle. These widened the focus to the objective of salvation for the whole community. They teach that there is one reality pervading everything, and that our true nature is to be enlightened to it, to be aware of our oneness with it.

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