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Numinous Awareness Is Never Dark: The Korean Buddhist Master Chinul's Excerpts on Zen Practice

Abstract

Numinous Awareness is Never Dark examines the issue of whether enlightenment in Zen Buddhism is sudden or gradual: that is, something achieved in a sudden flash of insight, or through the gradual development of a sequential series of practices. In Excerpts, the Korean Zen master Chinul (1158-1210) offers one of the most thorough treatments of this “sudden/gradual issue” in all of premodern East Asian Buddhist literature, including extensive quotations from a wide range of his predecessors in Chinese and Korean Buddhism on the sudden/gradual issue. In Chinul’s analysis, enlightenment is actuall ... More

Keywords: Buddhism, Korea, Zen, Chinul, sudden/gradual issue, Sŏn Buddhism, sudden enlightenment, gradual enlightenment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780824867393
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824867393.001.0001