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Enlightenment in DisputeThe Reinvention of Chan Buddhism in Seventeenth-Century China$
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Jiang Wu

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195333572

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333572.001.0001

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 Explaining the Rise and Fall of Chan Buddhism

 Explaining the Rise and Fall of Chan Buddhism

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(p.245) 10 Explaining the Rise and Fall of Chan Buddhism
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Enlightenment in Dispute
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Jiang Wu (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333572.003.0015

This chapter explains the rise and fall of Chan Buddhism in the 17th century. The chapter shows that Chan Buddhism was revived through romantic imaginations of textual ideals and thus should be described as a reinvention. The literati and Chan Buddhists formed various kinds of textual communities that were devoted to reading and interpreting ancient Chan texts. However, the revived Chan Buddhism based on textual ideals contradicted the ritualized monastic reality in many ways.

Keywords:   textual ideals, textual communities, Yongzheng, dharma transmission, transmission by proxy, monastic reality

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