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From the PublisherThis is a gem of sinological scholarship ... the author's research diligence is impressive indeed. Any specialist in Chinese religions allowed to take only a single secondary work on this crucial middle period of Chinese Chan history to some imaginary desert island ... would certainly select this volume for its encyclopedic citation of primary and secondary sources, its integrated strategy of critically defining a corpus of authentic documents followed by their systematic analysis, and its closely reasoned analysis of historical and doctrinal issues.— H-Net Reviews (H-Buddhism)
"There is certainly much to admire in this work, which will be consulted in future by all scholars working on the development of Chan, especially for its accounts of long-disputed sources."— Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies
"Jia critically surveys the available scholarship in Japanese, English, and Chinese, and puts forth her own conclusions supported by extensive citations of traditional Chinese sources that have generally been overlooked."— Steven Heine, author of Doμgen and the Koμan Tradition: A Tale of Two Shoμboμgenzoμ Texts"