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Healthy Skepticism, and a Field Theory for the Emergence of Chan Literature

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/9780520254848.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter appraises the Chan literature and offers general comments and perspectives on the Chan genealogies which aim at reducing the gap between the reading public and the master. The essential ... More


Chan Compendiums from the Song Dynasty

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/9780520284067.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter examines vast compendiums in Song-era Chan literature that present information about many hundreds of past Chan masters. The Song compendiums functioned as museums of sorts, museums ... More


Mazu’s Records and the Study of Chan Literature

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/9780190225742.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

The chapter briefly introduces Mazu and his records and highlights some of the general themes, central issues, and academic contexts that so far have shaped the scholarly study of Chan literature, ... More


Formation of Chan Genres

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/9780190225742.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

The chapter explores the formation, characteristics, and diffusion of the main Chan genres that emerged in Tang and Song China. The establishment of distinctive Chan genres, such as the record of ... More


Protracted Makings of Texts and Patriarchs

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/9780190225742.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

By examining the composite structure and convoluted provenance of the main parts that comprise Mazu’s record of sayings, Mazu yulu, the last chapter links together the gradual evolution of distinctly ... More


Koans and Being There

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/9780520284067.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter focuses on koans. The English word “koan” comes from the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese gong'an, which means “public case” in the sense of a legal precedent. The term gong'an ... More


The Records of Mazu and the Making of Classical Chan Literature

Mario Poceski

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780190225742
eISBN:
9780190225773
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190225742.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

The book explores the historical growth, makeup, and transformation of Chan (Zen) Buddhist literature in late medieval China. It also surveys the distinctive features and the contents of particular ... More


Hagiographic Representations of Patriarch Ma

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/9780190225742.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

The chapter explores the larger issues of historical remembrance and religious (re)imagination within the Chan tradition, primarily by looking at key hagiographic portrayals and transformations of ... More


Four Main Genres

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/9780190225742.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This chapter develops and elaborates on the general discussion about the formation, classification, and character of the various Chan genres presented in chapter 4. In a sense, it can be viewed as a ... 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


Making History: Chan as an Art Form

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/9780520284067.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter highlights several important elements at work in the process of writing history. The first thing to see is that writing history represents a doubling of reality: in addition to the ... More


Reintegration: The North Prevails

Benjamin Brose

in Patrons and Patriarchs: Regional Rulers and Chan Monks during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824853815
eISBN:
9780824868147
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824853815.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

The sixth and final chapter begins with a sketch of sa?gha-state relations in northern China over the course of the Five Dynasties and then explores the effects of the Five Dynasties–Song transition ... More


Further Communal Remembrances

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/9780190225742.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This chapter continues the discussion of Mazu’s main types of hagiographic representation. It explores in detail two earlier and largely ignored portrayals of Mazu, both of which are closer to the ... More


Filial Sons: The Southern Tang

Benjamin Brose

in Patrons and Patriarchs: Regional Rulers and Chan Monks during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824853815
eISBN:
9780824868147
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824853815.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Chapter 4 discusses how the descendants of Yicun and Shibei rose to become the preeminent clerics of the Southern Tang. As clerics from Min assumed control of well-established monastic institutions ... More


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