Fathering Your Father: The Zen of Fabrication in Tang Buddhism

Fathering Your Father: The Zen of Fabrication in Tang Buddhism

by Alan Cole, A. Cole
     
 


This book offers a provocative rereading of the early history of Chan Buddhism (Zen). Working from a history-of-religions point of view that asks how and why certain literary tropes were chosen to depict the essence of the Buddhist tradition to Chinese readers, this analysis focuses on the narrative logics of the early Chan genealogies—the seventh-and… See more details below

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This book offers a provocative rereading of the early history of Chan Buddhism (Zen). Working from a history-of-religions point of view that asks how and why certain literary tropes were chosen to depict the essence of the Buddhist tradition to Chinese readers, this analysis focuses on the narrative logics of the early Chan genealogies—the seventh-and eighth-century lineage texts that claimed that certain high-profile Chinese men were descendents of Bodhidharma and the Buddha. This book argues that early Chan's image of the perfect-master-who-owns-tradition was constructed for reasons that have little to do with Buddhist practice, new styles of enlightened wisdom, or "orthodoxy," and much more to do with politics, property, geography, and, of course, new forms of writing.

Editorial Reviews

Buddhadharma

"A detailed study . . . Cole fills in important details about the Chan patriarch fabrication from the seventh and eighth century."
Buddhist Studies Review - Jack Meng-Tat Chia

“[Cole] offers an exciting way to examine early Chan Buddhist literature.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520254855
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
02/09/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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"A detailed study . . . Cole fills in important details about the Chan patriarch fabrication from the seventh and eighth century."—Buddhadharma

"[Cole] offers an exciting way to examine early Chan Buddhist literature."—Buddhist Studies Review

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