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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


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


The Platform Sūtra 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


Chan Buddhism in the Song: Some Background

Morten Schlütter

in How Zen Became Zen: The Dispute over Enlightenment and the Formation of Chan Buddhism in Song-Dynasty China

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824832551
eISBN:
9780824870720
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824832551.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter discusses the Chan school in the Song. By the twelfth century, the understanding of the Song Chan school was that the Chan lineages descending from Huineng—the sixth patriarch—divided ... More


The Platform Sūtra of the Sixth Patriarch

Philip Yampolsky

in Finding Wisdom in East Asian Classics

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231153973
eISBN:
9780231527194
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231153973.003.0010
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter discusses the Platform Sūtra, one of the most celebrated works in the vast literature of Chan (Zen) Buddhism, representing the “autobiography” and the recorded sayings of the Sixth ... More


The Platform Sūtra as a Chinese Classic

Wm. Theodore de Bary

in Finding Wisdom in East Asian Classics

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231153973
eISBN:
9780231527194
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231153973.003.0011
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter examines the Platform Sūtra, considering the reasons why it is a Chinese classic. There is, first of all, the autobiographical account of Huineng, which is itself selective enough to ... More


Chan Buddhism

Christopher W. Gowans

in Self-Cultivation Philosophies in Ancient India, Greece, and China

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
October 2021
ISBN:
9780190941024
eISBN:
9780190941055
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190941024.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

The chapter argues that Chan Buddhism is plausibly interpreted as a self-cultivation philosophy (specifically Bodhidharma, Huineng, and Linji—and texts such as the Platform Sutra). Chan’s ... More


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