I want to learn about the history of Zen.
March 12, 2014 9:29 PM Subscribe
Alan Watts, in some of his lectures, tells stories of the experiences of Zen teachers and their students- a sort of mystic, mythic history from ages past. Are there books of these sorts of legends?
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Listening to Alan Watts recently has gotten me very interested in Zen Buddhism, specifically the historical origins of the practices and ideas and the stories and legends of the characters involved. And maybe I am also interested more generally in Asian legends relating to these sort of esoteric subjects and their unfolding, the monastic peoples, the lost to the sands tales, rumor-has-its, it-is-saids, etc. I want to read the stories hidden in those floating worlds. Once upon a time...
Is there any sort of history of Zen in asia that focuses on the legends and stories (though a purely objective account would be interesting to me as well)?
I hope this makes sense. Here is a link to the lecture in particular that brought up this fascination for me- it's called "Zen Bones and Tales": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eT2xrtsg7I
Thanks a bunch guys!