Surveying Mountain Landscapes

Steven Heine

in Opening a Mountain

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780195135862
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834297 | DOI:
Surveying Mountain Landscapes

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This section contains koan cases that focus on the role of mountains and spirits encountered by Zen masters. It treats four topics, including the early Northern and Ox Head schools for which supernatural images are the most vivid; the Southern school, especially the role of Ta‐hsiung Peak, which was known for its hermits and hermitages; the mountains explored by Tung‐shan, one of the founders of the Ts’ao‐tung (J. Sōtō) school; and Mount Wu‐t’ai, a place for visionary experiences in northern China generally considered off‐limits to iconoclastic Zen practitioners.

Keywords: hermits; mountain; spirits; supernatural; Zen masters

Chapter.  13429 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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