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Zen / Chan

 

Poets in the Zen / Chan tradition
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Known as Zen in Japan and Chan in China.

This tradition of Buddhist spiritual practice largely rejects ritualism in favor of simplicity, focused meditation, and constant awareness of the mind leading toward sartori or spontaneous awareness of the true nature of reality.

Chan often overlaps Taoism in China, with many individuals practicing both, as though they are aspects of the same path. Zen/Chan practices and philosophy can also be compared to the Advaita non-dualist tradition within Yoga.

Poetry is often composed as part of Zen practice, emphasizing being fully present, awareness of the spontaneous moment, and a lack of verbal embellishment. Some of the great poetry of the East comes to us through the Zen tradition.

In America, the Beat poets of the 1950s and 1960s discovered and introduced many of the great Zen poets to the West.

Poets in the Zen / Chan Tradition

Adyashanti (1962 - )
Matsuo Basho (1644 - 1694)
  Hogen Bays (Contemporary)
Buson (1716 - 1784)
  Jusammi Chikako (14th Century)
Eihei Dogen (1200 - 1253)
Feng-kan (Big Stick) (750? - 850?)
Hakuin (1686 - 1768)
Han-shan (Cold Mountain) (730? - 850?)
Thich Nhat Hanh (1929 - )
  Meng Hao-jan (689 - 740)
  Hsuan Chueh of Yung Chia / Yoka Genkaku (665 - 713)
  Hui K'o (4th Century)
  Hung-chih Cheng-chueh (1091 - 1157)
Ikkyu (Ikkyu Sojun) (1394 - 1481)
Kobayashi Issa (1763 - 1828)
Jakushitsu (1290 - 1367)
  Chiao Jan (730 - 799)
Jack Kerouac (1922 - 1969)
Ko Un (1933 - )
Taizan Maezumi Roshi (1931 - 1995)
  Masahide (1657? - 1723)
Yuan Mei (1716 - 1798)
P'ang Yun (Layman P'ang) (740? - 808)
  Po Chu-i (772 - 846)
Ryokan (1758 - 1831)
  Ryuzan (1274 - 1358)
Santoka (Santoka Taneda) (1882 - 1940)
  Seng-Ts'an (520? - 606?)
  Shih Shu (1660? - 1740?)
  Shih-te (Pickup) (780? - 850?)
  Izumi Shikibu (974? - 1034?)
  Shiwu (Stonehouse) (1272 - 1352)
Gary Snyder (1930 - )
Muso Soseki (1275 - 1351)
Natsume Soseki (1867 - 1916)
  Shinkichi Takahashi (20th Century)
  Tu Fu (712 - 770)
  Tung-Shan (Tozan) (806 - 869)
  Wu Men (Hui-k'ai) (1183 - 1260)
  Yamei (1662? - 1713)
  Yung-ming Yen-shou (904 - 975)
Hsu Yun (1839 - 1959)


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Related Links:

  Zen and the Art of Haiku
http://westernchanfellowship.org/zen-and-art-of-haiku.html

An insightful article on the relationship between Zen and haiku.
 

Zen / Chan