December 4th, 2014
Episode 419 of 550 episodes
Zen is often thought of as a form of Buddhism that emphasises the practice of meditation over any particular set of beliefs. In fact, Zen belongs to a particular intellectual tradition within Buddhism that took root in China in the 6th century AD. It spread to Japan in the early Middle Ages, where Zen practitioners set up religious institutions like temples, monasteries and universities that remain important today. Melvyn Bragg is joined by Tim Barrett, Emeritus Professor in the Department of the Study of Religions at SOAS, University of London; Lucia Dolce, Numata Reader in Japanese Buddhism at SOAS, University of London and Eric Greene, Lecturer in East Asian Religions at the University of Bristol.