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The Zen CanonUnderstanding the Classic Texts$
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Steven Heine and Dale S. Wright

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195150674

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195150678.001.0001

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The Lidai fabao ji (Record of the Dharma-Jewel through the Ages)

The Lidai fabao ji (Record of the Dharma-Jewel through the Ages)

(p.81) 3 The Lidai fabao ji (Record of the Dharma-Jewel through the Ages)
The Zen Canon

Wendi Adamek

, Steven Heine, Dale S. Wright
Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the Chan or Zen text, the Lidai fabao ji, an important early text that was discovered in the Mogao caves of Dunhuang in 1900, and which had been lost for many years. Adamak finds that this text provides an important prototype of two genres, the “discourse records” (yulu) and the “transmission of the lamp records” (chuangdeng lu). This important early Zen text sheds light on the development of characteristically Zen genres in the Sung dynasty, and on the hagiographical styles that became central to the Chan tradition in that era.

Keywords:   Lidai fabao ji, Record of the Dharma-Jewel through the Ages, Mogao caves, Dunhuang, discourse records, yulu, transmission of the lamp records, chuangdeng lu, Zen genres, hagiography

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