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Leaving for the Rising Sun: Chinese Zen Master Yinyuan and the Authenticity Crisis in Early Modern East Asia

Jiang Wu

Abstract

This book investigates the intellectual, social, and religious background of Chinese Zen master Yinyuan’s move to Japan in 1654 and the founding of Manpukuji in 1661. Fully immersed in the Late Ming Buddhist revival, Yinyuan followed a syncretic Buddhist practice but claimed to inherit the authentic transmission from the Linji sect. He arrived in Japan during the Ming-Qing transition and was quickly installed by the bakufu as symbol for representing China in a Japan-centered world order. His presence in Edo Japan engendered various responses from Japanese Buddhists and intellectuals who sought ... More

Keywords: Chinese Civilization, early modern, Yinyuan, Zen, Chan, Buddhism, Obaku, Edo bakufu, Ming-Qing transition, Authenticity Crisis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199393121
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199393121.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jiang Wu, author
The University of Arizona