cha'an buddhism and zen

What are the differences between cha’an buddhism and zen? I understand that the former is the forerunner of the latter, but is the former still around? What readings are in its cannon?


Anybody? Kinda surprised nobody has info on this. :confused:

I hope it is ok to “bump” this up the list again. :wink:

My understanding, from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and a few other (similarly non-scholarly) sources, is that ‘cha’an’ and ‘zen’ are simply different ways to pronounce the same word.

Rather, they’re the same word in two languages. Son[sic?] Buddhism is the Korean form, as well. Zen is, as you may know, Japanese, but it was introduced as Cha’an by the Chinese. I’ll give a cite if I need to, but it’s from a book (written by a Cha’an teacher who moved to the States) I recently read.