Re: Chinese Buddhism...

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Posted by SkySitter ( on August 29, 2000 at 03:22:51:

In Reply to: Chinese Buddhism... posted by Michael Pollard on August 25, 2000 at 11:58:23:

There are many websites available online. Ask again if you want to read them online. (Not the same quality control compared to books.)
The best book (about the Chinese Buddhist practices) may be "The Way to Buddhahood" by Yin-Shun, published by Wisdom Publications
(an English translation from Chinese).

The largest "school" (99%) would be the Pureland practice. There are 5 books of the core-teaching (One long Sutra, 2 short Sutras and 2 sections from other Sutras).
The most known school is Chan (or known by its Japanese name: Zen). (In my view, many of the English Zen books are water-down version of the teaching...)
There are two 'academic' schools researched and studies in universities in the "west": Tien Tai (the Japanese version Ten Dai is very different) and Yua Yen. You would be able to get some books in English (by American professors). Hard to read, though.

The rest of the schools are not well known (documented) in English language. You can find 3-sentence description in English. If you want to know more, you might have to dip deep into some big books.

Hope this would be helpful.

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