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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 Divergence of Interpretation

 The Divergence of Interpretation

(p.135) 5 The Divergence of Interpretation
Enlightenment in Dispute

Jiang Wu (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter explores the disputed issues in the first controversy, which are: (1) using Chan principle as standard to test students' enlightenment experience, (2) the perfect circle as the origins of five Chan schools, and (3) proper understanding of encounter dialogues.The chapter explores the practice of dharma transmission, esoteric ritual, and encounter dialogue in 17th‐century Chan Buddhism.

Keywords:   principle, encounter dialogue, perfect circle, the hungry ghosts, esotericism, Tantrism, dharma transmission

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