The ultimate wisdom of Asia, brought to a focus in Zen House, is the realization that truth and reality must never be sought on the plane of opposition. It is the essence of idolatry to accord with what is less than the whole. Zen keeps humans away from the idolatry inherent in every form of partisanship. This sixteenth-century Chanjia Guijian (A Paragon of Zen House) has this distinct Zen spirit, which has been revealed in the eighth-century Liuzu Tanjing (ThePlatform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch), the tenth-century Chuan Deng Lu (TheTransmission of the Lamp), the eleventh-century Biyanji (The Blue CliffRecord), and the thirteenth-century Mumenguan (The Gateless Gate).
About the Author
The Translator: O'Hyun Park is Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina. He received his Ph.D. in world's religions from Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In addition to numerous articles in professional journals, his published books are Oriental Ideas in Recent Religious Thought, Religions and the Life of Man, Essentials of Zen Buddhism, and An Invitation to Dialogue between East and West.