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Introduction: In defense of choosing to collect the reproductions

  1. Does Zen have a history?
  2. Zen's position on art
  3. Historical problems encountered in studying the first Zen Buddhist paintings
  4. Lives of the painters
  5. Lists of the paintings attributed to the painters
  6. Comments on the reproductions
  7. About Shih Ko's patriarchs
  8. Evidence of a great Zen transformation taking place in America
  9. Evidence of contemporary American artists' interest in Zen
  10. Comparison of three contemporary paintings with three paintings by Liang Kai, Mu Chi, and Yu Chien



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