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Patriarchs on paper : a critical history of Medieval Chan literature

Author: Alan Cole
Publisher: Oakland, California : University of California Press, 2017.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 make sense of this well-known paradox, this work explores several genres of Chan literature that appeared during the Tang and Song dynasties (c.600-1300), including genealogies, biographies, dialogues, poems,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version :
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Cole
ISBN: 9780520959750 0520959752 9780520284067 0520284062
OCLC Number: 992497444
Notes: Previously issued in print: 2016.
Target Audience: Specialized.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Preface A Note on References to the Chinese Buddhist Canon Introduction: Chan-What Is It? 1. Making History: Chan as an Art Form 2. Plans for the Past: Early Accounts of How Perfect Truth Came to China 3. Portable Ancestors: Bodhidharma Gets Two New Families 4. More Local Buddhas Appear: Jingjue, Huineng, Shenhui 5. Truth, Conspiracy, and Careful Writing: A New Version of Huineng 6. The Platform Sutra and Other Conspiracy Theories 7. Chan "Dialogues" from the Tang Dynasty 8. Chan Compendiums from the Song Dynasty 9. Rules for Purity: Handbooks for Running Chan Monasteries 10. Koans and Being There Conclusions: Chan, a Buddhist Beauty Bibliography Glossary Index
Responsibility: Alan Cole.

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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  Read more...

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"As perceptive as it is erudite, and [Cole's] prose is uncommonly readable.... This gem of cogent, provocative scholarship belongs in all collections." * Religious Studies Review *

 
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