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Heine, Steven 1950-

Works: 71 works in 445 publications in 2 languages and 21,885 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Introductions  Biography  Folklore 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: BQ9449.D657, 294.3927
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Steven Heine
Shifting shape, shaping text : philosophy and folklore in the Fox kōan by Steven Heine( )

20 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 2,261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Buddhism in the modern world : adaptations of an ancient tradition by Steven Heine( )

15 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and held by 1,959 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The history of Buddhism has been characterized by an ongoing tension between attempts to preserve traditional ideals and modes of practice and the need to adapt to changing cultural conditions. Many developments in Buddhist history, such as the infusion of esoteric rituals, the rise of devotionalism and lay movements, and the assimilation of warrior practices, reflect the impact of widespread social changes on traditional religious structures. At the same time, Buddhism has been able to maintain its doctrinal purity to a remarkable degree. This volume explores how traditional Buddhist communities have responded to the challenges of modernity, such as science and technology, colonialism, and globalization. Editors Steven Heine and Charles S. Prebish have commissioned ten essays by leading scholars, each examining a particular traditional Buddhist school in its cultural context. The essays consider how the encounter with modernity has impacted the disciplinary, textual, ritual, devotional, practical, and sociopolitical traditions of Buddhist thought throughout Asia. Taken together, these essays reveal the diversity and vitality of contemporary Buddhism and offer a wide-ranging look at the way Buddhism interacts with the modern world
Japan in traditional and postmodern perspectives by Charles Wei-hsun Fu( )

10 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 1,663 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dōgen and the Kōan tradition : a tale of two Shōbōgenzō texts by Steven Heine( )

12 editions published between 1990 and 1994 in English and held by 1,603 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book has three major goals in critically examining the historical and philosophical relation between the writings of Dogen and the Zen koan tradition. First, it introduces and evaluates recent Japanese scholarship concerning Dogen's two Shobogenzo texts, the Japanese (Kana) collection of ninety-two fascicles on Buddhist topics and the Chinese (Mana) collection of three hundred koan cases also known as the Shobogenzo Sanbyakusoku. Second, it develops a new methodology for clarifying the development of the koan tradition and the relation between intellectual history and multifarious interpretations of koan cases based on postmodern literary criticism. Third, the book's emphasis on a literary critical methodology challenges the conventional reading of koans stressing the role of psychological impasse culminating in silence."--BOOK JACKET
The Koan : texts and contexts in Zen Buddhism( )

16 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 1,547 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
Existential and ontological dimensions of time in Heidegger and Dōgen by Steven Heine( )

12 editions published between 1980 and 1985 in English and German and held by 1,532 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

19 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 1,168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a collection of essays, which argue that Zen Buddism actually has a rich and varied literary heritage. Among the significant texts are hagiographic accounts and recorded sayings of individual Zen masters, koan collections and commentaries, and rules for monastic life
White collar Zen : using Zen principles to overcome obstacles and achieve your career goals by Steven Heine( )

12 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 1,019 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
Opening a mountain : kōans of the Zen Masters by Steven Heine( )

22 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 971 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With the growing popularity of Zen Buddhism in the West, virtually everyone knows, or thinks they know, what a koan is: a brief and baffling question or statement that cannot be solved by the logical mind and which, after sustained concentration, can lead to sudden enlightenment. But the truth about koans is both simpler - and more complicated - than this." "In Opening a Mountain, Steven Heine shows that koans, and the questions we associate with them - such as "What is the sound of one hand clapping?" - are embedded in larger narratives and belong to an ancient Buddhist tradition of "encounter dialogues"." "Offering a fresh approach to one of the most crucial elements of Zen Buddhism, Opening a Mountain is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the full story behind koans and the mysterious worlds they come from."--BOOK JACKET
Zen ritual : studies of Zen Buddhist theory in practice( )

14 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 812 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
Zen classics : formative texts in the history of Zen Buddhism by Steven Heine( )

21 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 794 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume focuses on the early history of Zen in China, providing overview assessments of many of the most important canonical texts that set the Zen tradition in motion throughout East Asia. Zen Classics will follow that historical movement, focusing primarily on texts from Korea and Japan that brought this Buddhist movement to fruition. Although enormously diverse in style and structure all of the texts and genres of texts considered here were fundamental to the unfolding of Zen in East Asia. The range of genres reveals the varieties of Zen practice, from rules of daily practice to sermons and meditation manuals
Zen koans by Steven Heine( )

7 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 558 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
Did Dōgen go to China? : what he wrote and when he wrote it by Steven Heine( Book )

14 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 450 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
A study of Dōgen : his philosophy and religion by Masao Abe( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This work analyzes Dōgen's formative doubt concerning the notion of original awakening as the basis for his unique approach to nonduality in the doctrines of the oneness of practice and attainment, the unity of beings and Buddha-nature, the simultaneity of time and eternity, and the identity of life and death"--Back cover
Zen skin, Zen marrow : will the real Zen Buddhism please stand up? by Steven Heine( Book )

16 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 432 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."--BOOK JACKET
Dōgen : textual and historical studies by Steven Heine( Book )

12 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 359 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 masters( Book )

15 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 349 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
Buddhism and interfaith dialogue : part one of a two-volume sequel to Zen and western thought by Masao Abe( Book )

15 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 340 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
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 336 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
Zen and comparative studies : part two of a two-volume sequel to Zen and Western thought by Masao Abe( Book )

13 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zen is not a religion of God. Nor a religion of faith. It is a religion of emptiness, a religion of absolute nothingness. However, it is not nihilistic but dynamically positive. For Zen is based on self-awakening, awakening to the self. In this book, the author tries to clarify the true meaning of Buddhist emptiness in comparison with the Aristotelian notion of substance and the Whiteheadean notion of process. He also emphasizes that Buddhism completely defies and overcomes dualism. Yet the Buddhist philosophy of religion is not monistic, but rather nondualistic. What is the meaning of 'nondualism'? This book examines this issue from a variety of comparative philosophical perspectives
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Japan in traditional and postmodern perspectives
Buddhism in the modern world : adaptations of an ancient traditionJapan in traditional and postmodern perspectivesThe Koan : texts and contexts in Zen BuddhismThe Zen canon : understanding the classic textsWhite collar Zen : using Zen principles to overcome obstacles and achieve your career goalsOpening a mountain : kōans of the Zen MastersZen ritual : studies of Zen Buddhist theory in practiceZen classics : formative texts in the history of Zen Buddhism
Alternative Names
Heine, Steven

Steven Heine American academic

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German (1)