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Tian Chen Research paper ENGL102 11/17/11 How Chinese philosophy affected Japanese literature and American literature 1 | P a g e
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As one always said how you think determined what you can write about. According to history, philosophy always has close relation with literacy. In this research paper, the focus is located on how the oriental literature has a big influence on American literacy creation at around 1980. Zen Buddhism is very important culture legacy in China and even in ancient Asia. As I know of, Zen is origin from ancient Indian. According to the essay "Zen Buddhism", in Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History, it said “Zen teaches that enlightenment is achieved through the profound realization that one is already an enlightened being.” According to the 2 | P a g e
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essay Zen was traced its origins to India and formalize in China. Zen was transmitted from China to Japan. And Zen took root in Japan in thirteenth century. It is not only the religion practice Buddhism was transmitted to japan, as well as Chinese literature, calligraphy, philosophy, and ink painting. Many Japanese disciples have traveled to China for further study. What is Zen? Zen is the special transmission of Zen is the realization of the Buddha's enlightenment itself, in one's own life, in one's own time. Quoted from an Brief Explanation by Eido Tai Shimano Roshi Abbot of The Zen Studies Society. To me, Zen is the spirituals center, where you believed that you are the master of your life, not social status, not money, not grades, just who you really are. Zen has influenced Japanese literature according to the Starrs Roy, “Zen and the art of statecraft: foreign observers have long been baffled by Japan's self-discipline in the face of multiple disasters, from earthquakes and tsunamis to the financial crash. But such fatalism can hinder democracy.”, from Literature Resource Center. This essay said that the sense of life as transient and fragile was elaborated into a more formal philosophy by Dogen (1200- 53), the Thomas Aquinas of Zen Buddhism. Dogen's philosophy is one of impermanence and emptiness, or non-essentialism: it is not only nature that has no fixed or permanent identity; neither does man. "The thought of enlightenment . .. is the mind which sees into impermanence." … The haiku poet Matsuo Basho's answer to this conundrum comes from Zen: if nature offends your ego, then transcend your ego by becoming one with nature. 3 | P a g e
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In Tang Dynasty, around 14 th central, China was a prosperous country, both economy and literature has reached the high peak. At that time, there are several poets who believe in Buddhism when they are getting old, and their poem reflects their beliefs in Zen Buddhism. They are tired of chase after higher social status or wealth. They were turning to Buddhism
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