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Heine, Steven 1950-

Works: 58 works in 405 publications in 2 languages and 21,061 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Introductions  Biography  Folklore 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Contributor
Classifications: BQ9449.D657, 294.3927
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Most widely held works by Steven Heine
A study of Dōgen : his philosophy and religion by Masao Abe( Book )

8 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 442 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Opening a mountain : kōans of the Zen Masters by Steven Heine( Book )

22 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 425 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The koans in this text tell of charismatic early Zen masters who sought to demonstrate their spiritual authority by establishing new temples - a process known in the tradition as Opening a Mountain
Existential and ontological dimensions of time in Heidegger and Dōgen by Steven Heine( Book )

12 editions published between 1980 and 1985 in English and German and held by 388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Zen canon : understanding the classic texts by Steven Heine( Book )

19 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bodhidharma, its first patriarch, reputedly said that Zen Buddhism represents "a special transmission outside the teaching/Without reliance on words and letters." This saying, along with the often perplexing use of language (and silence) by Zen masters, gave rise to the notion that Zen is a "lived religion," based strictly on non-linguistic practice and lacking a substantial canon of sacred texts. Even those who recognize the importance of Zen texts commonly limit their focus to a few select texts without recognizing the wide variety of Zen literature. This collection of previously unpublished essays argues that Zen actually has a rich and varied literary heritage. Among the most significant textual genres are hagiographic accounts and recorded sayings of individual Zen masters, koan collections and commentaries, and rules for monastic life. During times of political turmoil in China and Japan, these texts were crucial to the survival and success of Zen, and they have for centuries been valued by practitioners as vital expressions of the truth of Zen.; This volume offers learned yet accessible studies of some of the most important classical Zen texts, including some that have received little scholarly attention (and many of which are accessible only to specialists). Each essay provides historical, literary, and philosophical commentary on a particular text or genre. Together, they offer a critique of the "de facto canon" that has been created by the limited approach of Western scholarship, and demonstrate that literature is a diverse and essential part of Zen Buddhism
Japan in traditional and postmodern perspectives by Charles Wei-hsun Fu( Book )

10 editions published in 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Koan : texts and contexts in Zen Buddhism( Book )

14 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Koans are enigmatic spiritual formulas used for religious training in the Zen Buddhist tradition. This innovative religious practice is one of the most distinctive elements of this tradition, which originated in medieval China and spread to Japan and Korea. Perhaps no dimension of Asian religous has attracted so much interest in the West, and its influence is apparent from beat poetry to deconstructive literary critisism. The essays collected in this volume, all previously; unpublished, argue that our understanding of the koan tradition has been severely limited. The authors try to undermine stereotypes and problematic interpretations by examining previously unrecognized factors in the formation of the tradition, and by highlighting the rich complexity and remarkable; diversity of koan practice and literature
Zen ritual : studies of Zen Buddhist theory in practice( Book )

14 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 343 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Written by prominent scholars, this text covers rituals from the early Chan period to modern Japan and key developments that occurred in the Linji/Rinzai and Caodon/Soto schools. It describes how rituals mould the lives of its practitioners in accordance with the ideal of Zen awakening
Buddhism and interfaith dialogue : part one of a two-volume sequel to Zen and western thought by Masao Abe( Book )

13 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Like all other religions, Buddhism is deeply involved in the religiously pluralistic situation of the world today, and is also involved in inter-religious dialogue. However, the Buddhist view of inter-religious dialogue is significantly different from, say, that of Christianity. In Christianity Jesus Christ, being the only incarnation in history, has an inexplicable uniqueness. It must be maintained even in interfaith dialogue. By contrast, in Buddhism Guatama Buddha is not the only Buddha (an awakened one) but one of many Buddhas. His uniqueness is realised in the fact that he is the first Buddha in human history. Furthermore, the Buddhist teaching of dependent co-origination and emptiness not only provides a dynamic common basis for various religions but also will suggest a creative cooperation amongst world religions. This book clarifies such a Buddhist view of inter-religious dialogue from various perspectives, and it shows a leading Buddhist thinker of the twentieth century engaged in ongoing dialogue with a variety of Western theologies and theologians."--Jacket
White collar Zen : using Zen principles to overcome obstacles and achieve your career goals by Steven Heine( Book )

11 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zen Buddhism can offer unique resources for successfully meeting the challenges of the working world. Offers practical solutions to many business situations where decisive, spontaneous and strategic reactions are required
Zen skin, Zen marrow : will the real Zen Buddhism please stand up? by Steven Heine( Book )

17 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Zen Skin, Zen Marrow examines the conflict between two competing perspectives on Zen Buddhism. Two warring camps have collided on several major issues. The traditionalists propagate a self-definition based on notions of ineffability, nonduality, and social harmony. Recent reformers, however, undertake historical and cultural criticism that challenges the traditional claims of the meaning of Zen. In Zen Skin, Zen Marrow, Steven Heine argues that a neutral approach is possible and lays the groundwork for a constructive compromise based on balanced, nonevaluative methodology. This approach allows for a juxtaposition of competing views that can contribute to and benefit one another, avoiding the stagnant polarization that characterizes most encounters involving traditionalists and critics."--Jacket
Did Dōgen go to China? : what he wrote and when he wrote it by Steven Heine( Book )

19 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dogen (1200-1253), the founder of the Soto Zen sect in Japan, is especially known for introducing to Japanese Buddhism many of the texts and practices that he discovered in China. Heine reconstructs the context of Dogen's travels to and reflections on China by means of a critical look at traditional sources both by and about Dogen in light of recent Japanese scholarship. While many studies emphasize the unique features of Dogen's Japanese influences, this book calls attention to the way Chinese and Japanese elements were fused in Dogen's religious vision. It reveals many new materials and insights into Dogen's main writings, including the multiple editions of the Shobogenzo, and how and when this seminal text was created by Dogen and was edited and interpreted by his disciples. This book is the culmination of the author's thirty years of research on Dogen and provides the reader with a comprehensive approach to the master's life works and an understanding of the overall career trajectory of one of the most important figures in the history of Buddhism and Asian religious thought
Zen classics : formative texts in the history of Zen Buddhism by Steven Heine( Book )

20 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A companion volume to 'The Koan' & 'The Zen Canon' this text concentrates primarily on texts from Korea & Japan that brought the Zen tradition to fruition
Dōgen and the Kōan tradition : a tale of two Shōbōgenzō texts by Steven Heine( Book )

11 editions published between 1990 and 1994 in English and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zen masters( Book )

15 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Extending their successful series of collections on Zen Buddhism, Heine and Wright present a fifth volume, on what may be the most important topic of all - the Zen masters who have made this kind of Buddhism the most renowned in the world by emphasizing the role of eminent spiritual leaders
Shifting shape, shaping text : philosophy and folklore in the Fox kōan by Steven Heine( Book )

18 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sacred high city, sacred low city : a tale of religious sites in two Tokyo neighborhoods by Steven Heine( Book )

13 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author argues that lived religion in Japan functions as an integral part of daily life; any apparent lack of interest masks a fundamental commitment to participating regularly in diverse, though diffused, religious practices. The book uses case studies of religious sites at two representative but contrasting Tokyo neighborhoods as a basis for reflecting on this apparently contradictory quality
Dōgen : textual and historical studies by Steven Heine( Book )

13 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this collection of essays edited by Steven Heine, leading scholars of Buddhism from both sides of the Pacific explore the life and thought of Zen Master Dogen (1200-1253), the founder of the Japanese Soto sect
Zen koans by Steven Heine( Book )

5 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What is the sound of one hand clapping?" "Does a dog have Buddha-nature?" These cryptic expressions are among the best-known examples of koans, the confusing, often contradictory sayings that form the centerpiece of Zen Buddhist learning and training. Viewed as an ideal method for attaining and transmitting an unimpeded experience of enlightenment, koans became the main object of study in Zen meditation, where their contemplation was meant to exhaust the capacity of the rational mind and the expressiveness of speech. Koan compilation, which include elegant poetic and eloquent prose commentaries on cryptic dialogues, are part of a great literary tradition in China, Japan, and Korea that appealed to intellectuals who sought spiritual fulfillment through interpreting elaborate rhetoric related to mysterious metaphysical exchanges. In this compact volume, Steven Heine, who has written extensively on Zen Buddhism and koans, introduces and analyzes the classic backgrounds of texts and rites and explores the contemporary significance of koans to illuminate the full implications of this ongoing tradition. He delves deeply into the inner structure of koan literature to uncover and interpret profound levels of metaphorical significance. At the same time, he takes the reader beyond the veil of vagueness and inscrutability to an understanding of how koan writings have been used in premodern East Asia and are coming to be evoked and implemented in modern American practice of Zen. By focusing on two main facets of the religious themes expressed in koan records - individual religious attainment and the role dialouges play in maintaining order in the monastic system - Zen Koans reveals the distinct yet interlocking levels of meaning reflected in different koan case records and helps make sense of the seemingly nonsensical. It is a book for anyone interested in untangling the web of words used in Zen exchanges and exploring their important place in the vast creative wellspring of East Asian religion and culture. -- from back cover
Dogen's extensive record : a translation of the Eihei koroku by Dōgen( Book )

6 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Eihei Dogen is known for two major works. The first work, the massive Shobogenzo (Treasury of the True Dharma Eye), represents his earlier teachings and exists in numerous English translations; the second work, the Eihei Koroku, is a collection including almost all his later teachings, such as short formal discourses to the monks training at his temple, longer informal talks, and koans with his commentaries, as well as short appreciatory verses on various topics. The Shobogenzo has received enormous attention in Western Zen and Western Zen literature, and with the publication of this watershed volume, the Eihei Koroku will surely rise to commensurate stature." "Dogen's Extensive Record is the first complete and scholarly translation of this monumental work into English. This edition contains extensive and detailed research and annotation by Taigen Dan Leighton and Shohaku Okumura, as well as forewords by the eighteenth-century poet-monk Ryokan and Tenshin Reb Anderson, Senior Dharma Teacher of the San Francisco Zen Center - plus introductory essays from Dogen scholar Steven Heine, and the prominent American Zen master John Daido Loori."--Jacket
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A study of Dōgen : his philosophy and religion
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Heine, Steven

Steven Heine American academic

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Opening a mountain : kōans of the Zen MastersThe Zen canon : understanding the classic textsJapan in traditional and postmodern perspectivesThe Koan : texts and contexts in Zen BuddhismZen ritual : studies of Zen Buddhist theory in practiceBuddhism and interfaith dialogue : part one of a two-volume sequel to Zen and western thoughtWhite collar Zen : using Zen principles to overcome obstacles and achieve your career goalsZen skin, Zen marrow : will the real Zen Buddhism please stand up?