Grafting the Bodhi Tree: The Chan and Zen Traditions in Ritual and Cultural Contexts / Edition 1

Grafting the Bodhi Tree: The Chan and Zen Traditions in Ritual and Cultural Contexts / Edition 1

by Bernard Faure
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415297486

ISBN-13: 9780415297486

Pub. Date: 08/22/2003

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The essays in this volume attempt to place the Chan and Zen tradition in their ritual and cultural contexts, looking at various aspects heretofore largely (and unduly) ignored. In particular, they show the extent to which these traditions, despite their claim to uniqueness, were indebted to larger trends in East Asian Buddhism, such as the cults of icons, relics and…  See more details below

Overview

The essays in this volume attempt to place the Chan and Zen tradition in their ritual and cultural contexts, looking at various aspects heretofore largely (and unduly) ignored. In particular, they show the extent to which these traditions, despite their claim to uniqueness, were indebted to larger trends in East Asian Buddhism, such as the cults of icons, relics and the monastic robe.
The book emphasises the importance of ritual for a proper understanding of this allegedly anti-ritualistic form of Buddhism. In doing so, it deconstructs the Chan/Zen 'rhetoric of immediacy' and its ideological underpinnings.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415297486
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/22/2003
Series:
Curzon Series in Asian Religion Ser.
Pages:
330
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
1Chan and Zen studies: the state of the field(s)1
2Imagining the portrait of a Chan master36
3On the ritual use of Chan portraiture in medieval China74
4A Tang dynasty Chan mummy (roushen) and a modern case of furta sacra?: investigating the contested bones of Shitou Xiqian151
5Filling the Zen shu: notes on the Jisshu Yodo Ki179
6Quand l'habit fait le moine: the symbolism of the kasaya in Soto Zen211
7The enlightenment of kami and ghosts: spirit ordinations in Japanese Soto Zen250
8How Dosho's medicine saved Dogen: medicine, Doshoan and Edo-period Dogen biographies266
Glossary289
Index313

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