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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


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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