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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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 The Literati and Chan Buddhism

 The Literati and Chan Buddhism

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(p.47) 2 The Literati and 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/9780195333572.003.0004

This chapter explores how Confucian literati, especially Wang Yangming's followers, helped to reshape Chan communities through their reinterpretation of Chan teaching. The focus of this chapter is literati's textual spirituality and textual practice such as reading and writing Chan literature. It shows that Chan Buddhism first grew from the pro‐Chan literati culture and was promoted by the literati. Later, this intellectual movement influenced the monastic world and introduced Chan masters to Eastern Zhejiang.

Keywords:   Wang Yangming, Li Zhi, Confucian literati, textual spirituality, reading and writing, Zhou Rudeng, Tao Wangling, Huang Duanbo, Qi Biaojia, Eastern Zhejiang

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