Steven Heine announces two new publications

Steven Heine, Professor and Director of Asian Studies at Florida International University, announces two new publications, an article on Dōgen and a monograph on the development of Chan/Zen.

First, the article is - OUTSIDE OF A SMALL CIRCLE: SŌTŌ ZEN COMMENTARIES ON DŌGEN’S SHŌBŌGENZŌ and the Formation of the 95-Fascicle Honzan (Main Temple) Edition by Steven Heine with Katrina Ankrum, Japan Studies Review (2017); 85-127 The PDF file for this article can be accessed for a free download at the following link -


Also available is an abbreviated version that contains the list of commentaries and appendices but without the essay.

Abstract: The primary aim of this work-in-progress, bibliographical essay is to informally introduce and examine some materials and observations regarding the extent and content of voluminous, multifaceted traditional (especially from Edo period, with some modern examples) commentaries on the masterwork of Eihei Dōgen 永平道元 (1200-1253), founder of the Sōtō Zen sect). This is done to show how the diverse set of works helped shape the formation of the most famous version of the treatise known as the Shōbōgenzō 正法眼蔵(Treasury of the True Dharma Eye, even though it is not favored by most scholars in Japan today.

The second publication is the new monograph -

FROM CHINESE CHAN TO JAPANESE ZEN: A Remarkable Century of Transmission and Transformation, Steven Heine (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017),

304 Pages | 27 illus., ISBN: 9780190637507, $35.00 paperback

Examines the transformation of Chan Buddhism into Zen Buddhism from 1225 to 1325 Synthesizes materials and perspectives from across national and sectarian divisions Written especially for students or specialists looking for a refresher Table of Contents


Part One. Transnational Studies of Maritime Transfers 1. Traditions: Shifts in East Asian Society Affecting the Formation and Reception of Zen 2. Transitions: Social Influences on Zen's Legend of Living Buddhas

Part Two. Troubling At First, Then Turning Into the Establishment 3. Transmissions: When Dogen Attained Enlightenment in China in 1225 4. Transplantations: How Émigré Monks Overcame Mid-Century Challenges 5. Transformations: Why Daito Did Not Go to China, Yet Won a Debate in 1325

Part Three. Techniques for Attaining and Maintaining Enlightenment 6. Teachers: Testing the Authenticity and Authority of Zen Masters 7. Temples: Training Disciples While Mitigating Transgressions 8. Tones: Triggering Spirituality Through Literary and Fine Arts

Glossary of Names, Titles, and Terms Recommended Readings

"This book is a scholarly expedition that follows Zen Buddhism from China to Japan, and through all points in between. Through his erudition, his familiarity with Zen and East Asian Buddhism, and his comprehensive knowledge of related literature, Steven Heine succeeds in evoking the vibration of Zen Buddhism in his readers while enriching and renewing their understanding of the tradition."--Jin Y. Park, author of Women and Buddhist Philosophy

"From Chinese Chan to Japanese Zen showcases Steven Heine's mastery of an array of primary and secondary sources, as well as his outstanding ability to communicate clearly to both scholarly and general audiences. It will be readily appreciated by scholars working in fields such as East Asian Buddhism and Japanese history, as well as by general readers interested in learning about the rich history of Zen." --Mario Poceski, Professor of Buddhist Studies and Chinese Religions, University of Florida

"This is a book that has needed to be written, and we are fortunate that it was Steven Heine who chose to write it. Drawing on his impressive expertise, Heine skillfully illuminates how the Chan school was transplanted into Japan and became the Zen sect. Readers will appreciate his close attention to the cultural and socio-political dimensions of that transmission."--Christopher Ives, author of Imperial-Way Zen