Philosophy 510 "Zen Buddhism" Dr Ron Epstein



I. General Introductions to Buddhism

Rahula, Walpole. What the Buddha Taught. 1959; rpt. NY: Grove Press, 1962.

Conze, Edward. A Short History of Buddhism. Rpt. London: Allen and Unwin, 1980.

Bechert, H. and Gombrick, R., eds. World of Buddhism. London: Thames and Hudson, 1984.

Basic Buddhism from A to Z, R. Epstein, comp. and ed. (draft copies on reserve in Reserve Book Room).

See also articles under "Buddhism", etc. in the latest edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica and in Encyclopedia of Religion, Eliade, ed.

II. Scriptures Important to the Ch'an School.


Hua (Tripitaka Master). The Heart of Prajna Paramita Sutra with Verses Without a Stand and Prose Commentary. San Francisco: Buddhist Text Translation Society, 1980.

Han Shan (Ch'an Master). "A Straight Talk on the Heart Sutra", in Ch'an and Zen Teachings, First Series. Luk,Charles, tr. London: Rider, 1960, pp. 209-220.

Conze, Edward, tr. Buddhist Wisdom Books. 1958; rpt.NY: Harper, 1972.


Hsuan Hua (Dhyana Master). A General Explanation of the Vajra Prajna Paramita Sutra. San Francisco: Buddhist Text Translation Society, 1974.

Han Shan (Ch'an Master). "The Diamond Cutter of Doubts". in Ch'an and Zen Teachings, First Series, op. cit. , pp. 149-206.

Conze, Edward, tr. Buddhist Wisdom Books. op. cit.


Suzuki, Daisetz Teitaro, tr. The Lankavatara Sutra. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1932.


Hsuan Hua (Tripitaka Master). The Shurangama Sutra--Commentary, 8 vols. San Francisco: Buddhist TextTranslation Society, 1977-1996.

Lu K'uan Yu (Charles Luk), tr. The Surangama Sutra. London: Rider, 1966.


Luk, Charles, tr. The Vimalakirti Nirdesa Sutra. Berkeley: Shambhala, 1972.

Thurman, Robert A.F., tr. The Holy Teachings of Vimalakirti. University Park: Pennsylvania State U.P., 1976.

Lamotte, E., (French) tr. [Boin, Sara, (English) tr.], The Teaching of Vimalakirti. London: Pali Text Society, 1976.


Hua (Tripitaka Master). Flower Adornment Sutra with Commentary, (partially completed multivolume work). San Francisco and Talmage: Buddhist Text Translation

Society, 1980- .

Cleary, Thomas, tr. Flower Ornament Scripture, 2 v. Boulder: Prajna, 1984, 1986.

III. Works by Chinese Masters.

First Patriarch Bodhidharma

Red Pine, tr. The Secret Teachings of Bodhidharma.

Third Patriarch Seng Ts'an (d. 606)

Suzuki, D. T., tr. "On Believing in Mind", in Manual of Zen Buddhism. London: Rider, 1957, pp. 76-82.

Waley, Arthur, tr. "On Trust in the Heart", in Buddhist Texts Through the Ages. NY: Philosophical Library, 1954, pp. 295-298.

Fourth Patriarch Ch'an Master Tao Hsin (580-651)

Chappell, David W., tr. "The Teachings of the Fourth Ch'an Patriarch Tao-hsin (580-651)". In Early Ch'an in China and Tibet. Berkeley: Asian Humanities Press,


Ch'an Master Yung Chia (665-713)

Hsuan Hua (Tripitaka Master). The Song of Enlightenment with Commentary. San Francisco: Buddhist Text Translation Society, 1982.

Suzuki, D. T., tr. "Yoka Daishi's 'Song of Enlightenment'", in Manual of Zen Buddhism, op. cit.

Sixth Patriarch Ch'an Master Hui Neng (638-713)

Hua (Tripitaka Master). The Sixth Patriarch's Dharma Jewel Platform Sutra with Commentary. San Francisco: Buddhist Text Translation Society, 1977.

Yampolsky, Phillip B., tr. The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch, the Text of the Tun-huang Manuscript. NY and London: Columbia UP, 1967.

Han Shan (trad. 627-650)

Snyder, Gray, tr. Riprap and Cold Mountain Poems. San Francisco: Four Seasons Foundation, 1969.

Watson, Burton, tr. Cold Mountain; One Hundred Poems by the T'ang Poet Han Shan. NY: Grove, 1962.

Red Pine, tr. The Complete Poems of Han Shan.

Henricks, Robert G., tr. The Poetry of Han-Shan: a Complete, Annotated Translation of Cold Mountain. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 1990.

Ch'an Master Pai-chang Huai-hai (720-814)

Blofeld, John, tr. The Zen Teaching of Hui-hai... 1962; rpt NY: S. Weiser, 1972.

Cleary, Thomas, tr. Sayings and Doings of Pai-chang. LA: Center Publications, 1979.

P'ang Yun (740-808)

Sasaki, Ruth Fuller, et. al., tr. The Recorded Sayingsof Layman P'ang. NY and Tokyo: Weatherhill, 1971.

Ch'an Master Chao-Chou (778-897)

Radical Zen: The Sayings of Joshu. Hoffman, Yoel, tr. Brookline, MA: Autumn Press, 1978.

Ch'an Master Tung-shan Liang-chieh (807-869)

The Record of Tung-shan. Powell, William F., tr. Honolulu: Univ. of Hawaii Press, 1986.

Ch'an Master Huang-po Hsi-yun (d. 850)

Blofeld, John, tr. The Zen Teachings of Huang Po on the Transmission of Mind. NY: Grove, 1958 (London: Rider, 1958).

Ch'an Master Lin-chi I-hsuan (d. 867)

Sasaki, Ruth Fuller, tr. Recorded Sayings of Ch'an Master Lin-chi... Kyoto: Institute for Zen Studies, 1975.

Schloegel, Irmgard, tr. The Zen Teachings of Rinzai. Berkeley: Shambhala, 1976.

Ch'an Master Hsueh-tou (980-1052)

Cleary, Thomas, tr. Blue Cliff Record, 3v. Boulder; Shambhala, 1977- .

Ch'an Master Ta Hui Tsung-kao (1088-1166)

Cleary, Christopher, tr. Swampland Flowers: the Letters and Lectures of Zen Master Ta Hui. NY: Grove Press, 1977.

Ch'an Master Han-shan Te-ch'ing (1546-1623)

Lu K'uan Yu (Charles Luk), tr. "The Autobiography of Ch'an Master Han Shan (1546-1623)." in Practical Buddhism. London: Rider, 1971.

Ch'an Master Hsu-yun Te-ch'ing (1840-1959)

Hua (Ven. Master). A Pictorical Biography of the Venerable Master Hsu Yun, 2 vols. San Francisco: Buddhist Text Translation Society, 1983, 1985.

Lu K'uan Yu (Charles Luk), tr. Empty Cloud: the Autobiography of the Chinese Zen Master Hsu Yun. Rochester: Empty Cloud Press, 1974.


Chang, Ch'eng-chi. The Practice of Zen. NY: Harper, 1959; rpt. 1970.

Chang, Chung-yuan. Original Teachings of Ch'an Buddhism. NY: Pantheon Books, 1969.

Cleary, J.C., tr. Zen Dawn: Early Zen Texts from Tun Huang. Boston: Shambhala, 1986.

V. Works by Korean Masters

Son Master Chinul (1158-1210). A Korean Approach to Zen. A. Buswell, Robert, tr. Honolulu, Univ. of Hawaii Press, 1983.

Keel, Hee-Sung. Chinul, the Founder of the Korean Son Tradition. Berkeley, 1984.

VI. Works by Japanese Masters

Zen master Dogen (1200-1253)

Cleary, Thomas, tr. Record of Things Heard: From the Treasury of the Eye of the True Teaching. Boulder: Prajna Press, 1980.

Waddell, Norman and Abe, Masao, tr. "Dogen's Fukan zazengi and Shobogenzo zazengi." Eastern Buddhist, Oct. 1973, v. 6, pp. 115-128.

Kodera, James, tr. "The Hokyo-ki or Record of the Pao-ching Era". in Dogen's Formative Years in Ching. London: Routledge and Regan Paul, 1980.

Bielefeldt, Carl. Dogen's Manuals of Zen Meditation. Berkeley and L.A.: University of California Press, 1988.

Zen Master Bankei (1622-1693)

Haskel, Peter, tr. Bankei Zen: Translations from the Record of Bankei. Hakeda Yoshito, ed. NY: Grove, 1984.

Zen Master Hakuin (1686-1769)

Yampolsky, Phillip B. tr. The Zen Master Hakuin: Selected Writings. NY: Columbia U.P., 1971.

R. D. M. Shaw, tr. The Embossed Tea Kettle... London: Allen and Unwin, 1963.


Cleary, Thomas J., tr. The Original Face: An Anthology of Rinzai Zen. NY: Grove, 1978.

Cleary, Thomas, tr. Timeless Spring: A Soto Zen Anthology. Tokyo and NY: Weatherhill, 1980.

Hoffman, Yoel, tr. and comm. The Sound of the One Hand; 281 Zen Koans with Answers. NY: Basic Books, 1975.

Ogata, Sohaku, tr. The Transmission of the Lamp: Early Masters. Tao Yuan, comp. Wolfeboro, NH: Longwood Academic, 1990.

Cleary, Thomas, tr. Book of Serenity: One Hundred Zen Dialogues. Hudson, NY: Lindisfarne Press, 1990.

VII. History of Ch'an and Zen

Doumoulin, Heinrich, S.J. A History of Zen Buddhism, 1959; rpt. Boston: Beacon, 1969.

___________. Zen Buddhism: A History. Vol. 1 "India and China". Vol. 2 "Japan." NY: Macmillan, 1988, 1989.

Saunders, E. Dale. Buddhism in Japan. Philadelphia: Univ. of Pennsyvania Press, 1964.

Fields, Rick. How the Swans Came to the Lake: A Narrative History of Buddhism in America. Boulder: Shambhala, 1981.

VIII. Monastic Life.

Hua (Tripitaka Master). A General Explanation of the Sramanera Vinaya and Rules of Deportment. San Francisco: Buddhist Text Translation Society, 1975.

Hui Seng (Elder Master). The Buddha Speaks the Brahma Net Sutra/Commentary, 2 pts. San Francisco: Buddhist Text Translation Society, pt. 1--1981; pt. 2--1982.

Welch, Holmes. The Practice of Chinese Buddhism 1900-1950.

Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1967.

Collcutt, Martin. Five Mountains: the Rinzai Zen Monastic Institution in Medieval Japan. Cambridge: Council on East Asian Studies, Harvard Univ., 1981.

IX. Bibliographical Works

Beautrix, Pierre. Bibliographie du bouddhisme Zen. Bruxelles: Institut Belge des Hautes Etudes Bouddhiges. Etudes Bouddhiques Serie Bibliographie, no. 1, 1969.

Sasaki, Ruth Fuller. "A Bibliography of Translations of Zen (Ch'an) Works." Philosophy East and West X (3 & 4), Oct.-Jan., 1960, pp. 149-166.

Thompson, Laurence G., comp. Studies in Chinese Religion: a Comprehensive and Classified Bibliography of Publications in English, French and German through 1980.

Vessie, Patricia Armstrong. Zen Buddhism: a Bibliography of Books and Articles in English 1892-1975. Ann Arbor: University Microfilms, 1976.

Zeuschner, Robert B. "A Selected Bibliography on Ch'an Buddhism in China." J. of Chinese Philosophy, 3(1976), pp. 299-311.

X. Collections of Scholarly Articles

Lai, Whalen & Lancaster, Lewis R., eds. Early Ch'an in China and Tiket. Berkeley: Asian Humanities Press, 1983.

Gimello, Robert M. and Gregory, Peter N. Studies in Ch'an and Hua-yen. Honolulu, Univ. of Hawaii Press, 1983.

H. Brinker, ed. International Symposium on Zen Bern: P.

Lang, 1985.

Gregory, Peter N., ed. Sudden and Gradual: Approaches to Enlightenment in Chinese Thought. Kuroda Institute Studies in East Asian Buddhism 5. Honolulu: Univ. of Hawaii Press, 1987.

___________, ed. Traditions of Meditation in Chinese Buddhism. Honolulu: Univ. of Hawaii Press, 198 .

Updated 1992.

XI. Online Bibliographies

Courtesy of Dr T. Matthew CIOLEK ANU Social Sciences Information Systems Administrator, Coombs Computing Unit, Research School of Social Sciences, [Coombsweb Social Sciences Server] Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia ph +61 (0)6 249 0110 fax: +61 (0)6 257 1893:

A couple of useful things is available on-line from The Clearinghouse for Soc.Sci Subject-Oriented Bibliographies

* chinese-buddhism-bibl92.txt [J.McRae. 1992. 46Kb. E-Archive: ANU,Australia]

* chinese-buddhism-bibl94.txt [J.McRae. 1994. 29Kb. E-Archive: ANU,Australia]

* chinese buddhism bibliography [Anonymous. 1995. 27Kb. E-Archive: Cornell U,USA]

* chinese buddhism reference guide [T.Cosgrave. 1995. 29Kb. E-Archive: Cornell U,USA]

* chinese philosophic texts [B.W. Van Norden. 1994. 5Kb. E-Archive:,USA)]

* koan study (zen buddhism) references [T.M.Ciolek. 1995. 21Kb. E-Archive: ANU,Australia]

* meditation-biblio.txt [Z.Imos. 1993. 21Kb. E-Archive: ANU,Australia]

* meditation, contemplation & ecstasy bibl.pt1 [M.J.Dollard. 1995. 231Kb. E-Archive: ANU,Australia]

* meditation, contemplation & ecstasy bibl.pt2 [M.J.Dollard. 1995. 259Kb. E-Archive: ANU,Australia]

* meditation, contemplation & ecstasy bibl.pt3 [M.J.Dollard. 1995. 135Kb. E-Archive: ANU,Australia]

* modern-zen-bibl.txt [T.M.Ciolek. 1992. 33Kb. E-Archive: ANU,Australia]

* zen/ch'an studies bibliographies [U.App et al.1995. several bibl. E-Archive: IRIZ,Japan]