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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


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