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Tracking Bodhidharma : a journey to the heart of Chinese culture

Author: Andrew E Ferguson
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Bodhidharma, known as the "First Ancestor" of Zen (Chan) brought Zen Buddhism from South Asia to China around the year 500 CE, changing the country forever. His legendary life lies at the source of China and East Asian's cultural stream, underpinning the region's history, legend, and folklore. In Tracking Bodhidharma, the author uncovers Bodhidharma's ancient trail, recreating from physical and textual evidence.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Anecdotes
Biography
History
Biographies
Named Person: Bodhidharma; Andrew E Ferguson; Bodhidharma; Bodhidharma
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew E Ferguson
ISBN: 9781582438252 1582438250 1619021595 9781619021594
OCLC Number: 757477355
Description: xiii, 359 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: An auspicious date --
Guangzhou --
Hualin Temple --
The layout of a traditional Chinese temple --
Grand Buddha Temple --
Guangxiao Temple --
Another visit to Hualin Temple --
Traveling north --
Zen at war --
The platform Sutra of the Sixth Ancestor --
Nanhua Temple : the Sixth Ancestor Huineng's dharma seat --
Yunmen Temple --
Danxia Mountain --
Separate Transmission Temple --
Nanchang City --
Toumin Temple --
The trip to Baizhang Temple --
Baizhang Temple --
Jiujiang City --
Up or down the Yang-tse River? --
Meeting Gunabhadra? --
Laozu Si, the Old Ancestor's Temple --
Nanjing City --
Emperor Wu and Imperial-Way Buddhism --
Tianchang City and Bodhidharma's True Victory Temple --
Linggu Temple on Bell Mountain --
Emperor Wu, the Chakravartin King and Bodhisattva Emperor --
Emperor Wu and his family --
Emperor Wu and the temples of Bell Mountain --
Mufu Mountains and Bodhidharma's Nanjing Cave --
The fusing of Confucianism and Buddhism under Emperor Wu --
The Tai Cheng Palace and Hualin Garden --
The poem by Crown Prince Zhao Ming (Xiao Tong) --
Stone Fortress and Refreshing Mountain --
Dingshan Temple --
Changlu Temple --
Train to Wuhan --
Xiangfan City --
Mount Song and Shaolin Temple --
Shaolin Temple --
Bodhidharma's Cave --
Huishan Temple --
Ordination platforms : the battle ground between Imperial and Bodhidharma Zen? --
The temples of Luoyang --
Empty Appearance Temple --
Bodhidharma's memorial stele : written by Emperor Wu? --
Bodhidharma memorial ceremony --
Train to Shanghai --
Bodhidharma's fate --
Epilogue --
Was Japan to blame?
Responsibility: Andy Ferguson.

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"Bodhidharma, known as the "First Ancestor" of Zen (Chan) brought Zen Buddhism from South Asia to China around the year 500 CE, changing the country forever. His legendary life lies at the source of China and East Asian's cultural stream, underpinning the region's history, legend, and folklore. In Tracking Bodhidharma, the author uncovers Bodhidharma's ancient trail, recreating from physical and textual evidence. This nearly forgotton path leads Ferguson through China's ancient heart, exposing spiritual insights, pathos, and politics that elevated Bodhidharma to be one of China's most important historical figures"--Publisher's description, front jacket flap.

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