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Imagining Indian Zen: Tōrei's Commentary on the Ta-mo-to-lo ch'an ching and the Rediscovery of Early Meditation Techniques during the Tokugawa Era

Michel Mohr

Dale S. Wright (ed.)

in Zen Classics: Formative Texts in the History of Zen Buddhism

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780195175257
eISBN:
9780199784608
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195175255.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter examines the reasons Tōrei Enji’s Darumatara zenkyō settsū kōsho has been neglected despite its importance, bringing up the debate between the sectarian self-understanding and ideology ... More


Selecting Friends of the Way

in Murmured Conversations: A Treatise on Poetry and Buddhism by the Poet-Monk Shinkei

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804748636
eISBN:
9780804779395
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804748636.003.0049
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter is about the recognition and support that kindred spirits render each other and argues that what friends have in common is expressed as a deep feeling (nasake fukashi). The term nasake ... More


Shenhui's “Stop Thief” Bid to be the Seventh Son

Alan Cole

in Fathering Your Father: The Zen of Fabrication in Tang Buddhism

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520254848
eISBN:
9780520943643
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520254848.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter explores the next major attempt to rewrite Bodhidharma's supposed legacy which came when Shenhui argued that the current “descendants of Bodhidharma” were all fraudulent and that he was ... More


Portable Ancestors: Bodhidharma Gets Two New Families

Alan Cole

in Patriarchs on Paper: A Critical History of Medieval Chan Literature

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780520284067
eISBN:
9780520959750
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520284067.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter examines the two newer versions of the Bodhidharma family in the context of the three preceding Bodhidharma narratives. In these two early genealogical texts—Faru's biography from Shaoli ... More


Truth, Conspiracy, and Careful Writing: A New Version of Huineng

Alan Cole

in Patriarchs on Paper: A Critical History of Medieval Chan Literature

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780520284067
eISBN:
9780520959750
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520284067.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter looks at three texts that reworked the figure of Huineng for new purposes: the Biography of the Great Master of Caoqi, the Platform Sūtra of the Sixth Patriarch, and the Record of the ... More


Seeing through Zen: Encounter, Transformation, and Genealogy in Chinese Chan Buddhism

John McRae

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520237971
eISBN:
9780520937079
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520237971.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

The tradition of Chan Buddhism—more popularly known as Zen—has been romanticized throughout its history. This book shows how modern critical techniques, supported by recent manuscript discoveries, ... More


Fathering Your Father: The Zen of Fabrication in Tang Buddhism

Alan Cole

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520254848
eISBN:
9780520943643
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520254848.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This book offers a provocative rereading of the early history of Chan Buddhism (Zen). Working from a history-of-religions point of view that asks how and why certain literary tropes were chosen to ... More


Looking at Lineage: A Fresh Perspective on Chan Buddhism

John R. McRae

in Seeing through Zen: Encounter, Transformation, and Genealogy in Chinese Chan Buddhism

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520237971
eISBN:
9780520937079
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520237971.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Whenever we pretend to explain Chan in terms of lineal successions from one great master to another, we run the risk of committing the “string of pearls” fallacy, in which the evolution of Chan ... More


Beginnings: Differentiating/Connecting Bodhidharma and the East Mountain Teaching

John R. McRae

in Seeing through Zen: Encounter, Transformation, and Genealogy in Chinese Chan Buddhism

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520237971
eISBN:
9780520937079
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520237971.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

According to traditional accounts, Bodhidharma was the third son of a great Brahman king of southern India, who left home to undertake the life of a Buddhist monk. He crossed the Yangzi River by ... More


The Future of an Illusion: Du Fei Hijacks Shaolin's Truth-Fathers

Alan Cole

in Fathering Your Father: The Zen of Fabrication in Tang Buddhism

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520254848
eISBN:
9780520943643
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520254848.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter examines Du Fei's Record of the Transmission of the Dharma-Jewel (Chuan fabao ji) to present an example of an effort to reinvent the lineage of Bodhidharma—a process of rewriting the ... More


My Life as a Buddha: Jingjue's Version of the Truth-Fathers

Alan Cole

in Fathering Your Father: The Zen of Fabrication in Tang Buddhism

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520254848
eISBN:
9780520943643
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520254848.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter presents one more iteration of the Bodhidharma lineage, found in the text of Jingjue's History of the Masters and Disciples of the Lankavatara Sutra (Lengqie shizi ji). Jingjue enters ... More


Transmissions: When Dōgen Attained Enlightenment in China in 1225

Steven Heine

in From Chinese Chan to Japanese Zen: A Remarkable Century of Transmission and Transformation

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780190637491
eISBN:
9780190637538
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190637491.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Chapter 3 discusses the beginning phase of acculturation, from the time of Dōgen’s awakening in China in 1225 to the middle of the thirteenth century by stressing the direct personal transmission ... More


The Secret Message of Bodhidharma, or The Content of Zen Experience

Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki

in Selected Works of D.T. Suzuki, Volume I: Zen

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780520269194
eISBN:
9780520959613
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520269194.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

In this essay, D. T. Suzuki examines a wide range of koan concerning the question, “Why did Bodhidharma come from the West.” Suzuki sees this question as central for understanding Zen Buddhism and ... More


Introduction: Chan—What Is It?

Alan Cole

in Patriarchs on Paper: A Critical History of Medieval Chan Literature

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780520284067
eISBN:
9780520959750
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520284067.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This introductory chapter begins the history of Chan literature in the late seventh century when a cycle of narratives appeared asking readers to believe that a perfect and final understanding of ... More


Plans for the Past: Early Accounts of How Perfect Truth Came to China

Alan Cole

in Patriarchs on Paper: A Critical History of Medieval Chan Literature

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780520284067
eISBN:
9780520959750
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520284067.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter compares the oldest surviving accounts of Bodhidharma to slightly earlier narratives that sought to explain how the essence of Buddhism moved from India into the possession of certain ... More


More Local Buddhas Appear: Jingjue, Huineng, and Shenhui

Alan Cole

in Patriarchs on Paper: A Critical History of Medieval Chan Literature

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780520284067
eISBN:
9780520959750
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520284067.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter discusses how the history of the Bodhidharma family developed in several directions in the wake of Du Fei's Record of the Transmission of the Dharma-Jewel. On one front, at least two ... More


The <i>Platform Sūtra</i> and Other Conspiracy Theories

Alan Cole

in Patriarchs on Paper: A Critical History of Medieval Chan Literature

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780520284067
eISBN:
9780520959750
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520284067.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter focuses on the Platform Sūtra. Composed sometime in the late eighth century, Platform Sūtra picks up and works over a number of claims regarding the Bodhidharma clan that had been put ... More


Rules for Purity: Handbooks for Running Chan Monasteries

Alan Cole

in Patriarchs on Paper: A Critical History of Medieval Chan Literature

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780520284067
eISBN:
9780520959750
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520284067.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter explores what we can infer about daily life in Chan monasteries based on details drawn from a genre of texts called “rules for purity.” The oldest Chan example of this genre, Rules for ... More


Setting the Stage: Seventeenth-Century Texts and Contexts

Beata Grant

in Eminent Nuns: Women Chan Masters of Seventeenth-Century China

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824832025
eISBN:
9780824871758
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824832025.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This introductory chapter provides a background of nuns in Chinese history. Although Linji Chan master Dahui Zonggao’s women disciples were the first to be officially acknowledged as Dharma ... More


Excerpts from Zong jing lu

Mario Poceski

in The Records of Mazu and the Making of Classical Chan Literature

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780190225742
eISBN:
9780190225773
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190225742.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This part of the book provides a translation, with commentary, of pertinent excerpts dealing with Mazu from Yongming Yanshou’s (904–975) Zong jing lu (Record of Reflections of the Essential Truth).


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