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By J.C. Cleary

A Buddha from Korea is meant to open a window on Zen Buddhism in previous Korea. The e-book facilities on a translation of teachings of the good fourteenth-century Korean Zen adept referred to as T'aego, who was once the prime consultant of Zen in his personal time and position. this is often an account of Zen Buddhism direct from an genuine resource.

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Koryo: Confucianism and Power Politics Even as Buddhism flourished, Confucianism gained ground in Koryo too. Tenth-century Korean Confucians advocated that positions in the state be filled on criteria of merit and ability, not by right of descent. The regime set up an examination system in 958, which allowed educated sons of good families to gain entry to government office by passing exams in literary composition or the classics or a combination of literary classics and institutional history. Success in the examinations demanded years of preparation and extensive rote memorizing.

They saw it as unseemly to have another focus of loyalty in society besides the emperor. These Confucians might have liked to rid China of Buddhism, but they could not advocate attacking something so deeply rooted among the people; this would invite chaos. At most, they proposed to limit the numbers of temples and clergy, and to let Buddhism decline by slow natural attrition. When attacks on Buddhist institutions came, they were generally brief campaigns launched by aristocratic rulers and warlords whose aim was to expropriate material wealth, or to strike at rival power-bases, certainly not to stamp out Buddhist beliefs among the people.

A pivotal figure in Zen lore, the grandfather of the great outward pulse in the 800's, was the sixth patriarch, Huineng of Caoqi (d. 714). Greatly revered in the Zen school, he was nevertheless traditionally presented as an illiterate aborigine, a woodcutter who awoke to the Dharma at once when he happened to hear the Diamond Sutra being recited in the marketplace where he was selling his wood. To tweak the local ethnocentrism, Zen teachers referred to the first patriarch of Zen, Bodhidharma, as the "red-bearded barbarian" or the "blue-eyed barbarian" and to Buddha himself as the "old barbarian.

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