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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
 

ISBN-10: 0520254848

ISBN-13: 9780520254848

Pub. Date: 02/09/2009

Publisher: University of California Press

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

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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. Reversing the standard "religious experience first, texts second" approach, this book argues that early Chan's image of the perfect-master-who-owns-tradition was in fact 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.

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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