Fathering Your Father: The Zen of Fabrication in Tang Buddhism / Edition 1

Fathering Your Father: The Zen of Fabrication in Tang Buddhism / Edition 1

by Alan Cole, A. Cole
     
 


"Fathering Your Father is indubitably an important, timely work. In this incisive re-reading of the sources for the early history of Chinese Chan Buddhism, Cole conveys a new understanding of material familiar to scholars that might well make students engage with these sources more imaginatively. Hitherto scholars have pored over the five or six key sourcesSee more details below

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"Fathering Your Father is indubitably an important, timely work. In this incisive re-reading of the sources for the early history of Chinese Chan Buddhism, Cole conveys a new understanding of material familiar to scholars that might well make students engage with these sources more imaginatively. Hitherto scholars have pored over the five or six key sources; now we are invited to read them as successive literary inventions. In short, this study has no competition and is bound to provoke debate."—T. H. Barrett, Professor of East Asian History, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and author of The Woman Who Discovered Printing

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520254848
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
02/09/2009
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xvii

1 Healthy Skepticism, and a Field Theory for the Emergence of Chan Literature 1

2 The State of Enlightenment: The Empire of Truth in Zhiyi's Legacy and Xinxing's Sect of the Three Levels 30

3 Owning It: Shaolin Monastery's In-House Buddha 73

4 The Future of an Illusion: Du Fei Hijacks Shaolin's Truth-Fathers 115

5 My Life as a Buddha: Jingjue's Version of the Truth-Fathers 173

6 Shenhui's "Stop Thief" Bid to Be the Seventh Son 209

Conclusion: Assessing the Hole at the Beginning of It All 307

Chinese Glossary 315

References 323

Index 331

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