In traditional Chinese Zen, the dharma hall had a special status as the place where the Zen master expounded the dharma. It was purposefully separated from the Buddha hall, where statues of the Buddha and other notables provided prominent devotional icons for temple services and visitors. The dharma hall itself, however, was always bare of such figures. Why?
This fall, Tricycle will be traveling to the source itself, China, in a special pilgrimage led by Ferguson and abbot of the Village Zendo Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara. Want to come with us? Click here for more information.
Ferguson is the author of Zen’s Chinese Heritage: The Masters and their Teachings, which is used widely by Western Zen teachers, and Tracking Bodhidharma, which offers a wealth of new information about the founder of Chinese Zen Buddhism.
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Andy Ferguson is a writer and businessman who lives with his family in Petaluma, CA. His book, "Zen's Chinese Heritage: The Masters and Their Techniques," is scheduled for release by Wisdom Books this spring. He is also the creator and publisher of the "Map of Zen Ancestors." A free version of the publication is downloadable from his website, www.zenancestors.com