By Robert E. Buswell Jr.
Chinul (1158–1210) was the founder of the Korean tradition of Zen. He
provides one of the most lucid and accessible accounts of Zen practice
and meditation to be found anywhere in East Asian literature. Tracing Back the Radiance, an abridgment of Buswell’s Korean Approach to Zen: The Collected Works of Chinul, combines an extensive introduction to Chinul’s life and thought with translations of three of his most representative works.
Robert E. Buswell, Jr. holds the Irving and Jean Stone Endowed
Chair in Humanities at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA),
where he is also Distinguished Professor of Buddhist Studies in the
Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and founding director of the
university’s Center for Buddhist Studies and Center for Korean Studies.
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