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Patriarchs on Paper: A Critical History of Medieval Chan Literature

Alan Cole

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780520284067
eISBN:
9780520959750
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520284067.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

The truth of Chan Buddhism—better known as “Zen”—is regularly said to be beyond language, and yet Chan authors—medieval and modern—produced an enormous quantity of literature over the centuries. To ... More


Conclusions: Chan, a Buddhist Beauty

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/9780520284067.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This concluding chapter argues that the most reasonable way to account for the composition of Chan texts is to assume that Chan authors were quite aware of the art of writing “religious literature,” ... More


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