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Monks, Rulers, and LiteratiThe Political Ascendancy of Chan Buddhism$
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Albert Welter

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195175219

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195175219.001.0001

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Chan Transmission and Factional Motives in the Jingde [Era] Transmission of the Lamp (Jingde Chuandeng lu)

Chan Transmission and Factional Motives in the Jingde [Era] Transmission of the Lamp (Jingde Chuandeng lu)

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(p.115) 5 Chan Transmission and Factional Motives in the Jingde [Era] Transmission of the Lamp (Jingde Chuandeng lu)
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Monks, Rulers, and Literati
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Albert Welter

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195175219.003.0005

This chapter examines the history of Chan Buddhism in relation to transmission records and factional motives contained in the Jingde Transmission of the Lamp or the Jingde Chuandeng lu. It suggests that the Jingde Chuandeng lu was a major landmark for the Chan movement because prior to it Chan transmission records were primarily regional documents compiled under the auspices of local authorities. It contends that the inspiration for its text began in the revival of Buddhism in the Wuyue region mounted under the Chan banner and its real story concerns how the Wuyue-based Chan movement became integrated with the larger aims of the Song and developing Song policy toward Chan.

Keywords:   Chan Buddhism, Jingde Chuandeng lu, Chan movement, Wuyue, religious literature, religious history

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