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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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Literati Influences on the Compilation of Chan Records: The Jingde [Era] Transmission of the Lamp and the Tiansheng [Era] Expanded Lamp Record

Literati Influences on the Compilation of Chan Records: The Jingde [Era] Transmission of the Lamp and the Tiansheng [Era] Expanded Lamp Record

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(p.161) 6 Literati Influences on the Compilation of Chan Records: The Jingde [Era] Transmission of the Lamp and the Tiansheng [Era] Expanded Lamp Record
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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/9780195175219.003.0006

This chapter examines literature influences on the compilation of records of Chan Buddhism, particularly the Jingde Transmission of the Lamp and the Tiansheng Expanded Lamp Record. It describes the Jingde Transmission of the Lamp as reflecting a compromise between rhetorical definitions of Chan as independent, subitist, antinomian, and so forth, as opposed to interpretations of Chan as harmonious with the rituals and traditions of conventional Buddhism. It suggests that the purpose of the Tiansheng Expanded Lamp Record was to affirm an interpretation of Chan associated with members of the Linji faction who had become increasingly influential among officials at the Song court and it functioned as a vehicle promoting the Linji faction and its interpretation of Chan.

Keywords:   Chan Buddhism, literature influences, conventional Buddhism, religious literature, Linji faction, religious history

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