This classic of Japanese Zen literature is from one of the premier translators of Buddhist texts. TRANSMISSION OF LIGHT is a collection of traditional teaching stories or koans about fifty-three Buddhist patriarchs of India, China and Japan. The stories describe the enlightenment experiences of each great master, including the Buddha, Nagarjuna, Bodhidharma, Hongren, Shitou, and Dogen. An informative introduction by Thomas Cleary explores the context of the work and its central themes.
Thomas Cleary holds a PhD in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University and a JD from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. He is the translator of over fifty volumes of Buddhist, Taoist, Confucian, and Islamic texts from Sanskrit, Chinese, Japanese, Pali, and Arabic.