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Author Cole, Alan, 1964- author
Title Patriarchs on paper : a critical history of medieval Chan literature / Alan Cole
Imprint Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2016]
book jacket
 CLP Library  226.6 C689    AVAILABLE    30580003318404
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  BQ9264.4.C62 C689 2016    AVAILABLE    30530001263078
Descript xvi, 320 pages ; 24 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Introduction: Chan--what is it? -- Making history : Chan as an art form -- Plans for the past : early accounts of how perfect truth came to China -- Portable ancestors : Bodhidharma gets two new families -- More local Buddhas appear : Jingjue, Huineng, Shenhui -- Truth, conspiracy, and careful writing : a new version of Huineng -- The Platform Sūtra and other conspiracy theories -- Chan "dialogues" from the Tang Dynasty -- Chan compendiums from the Song Dynasty -- Rules for purity : handbooks for running Chan monasteries -- Koans and being there -- Conclusions : Chan, a Buddhist beauty
"Chan Buddhism--better known as 'Zen'--produced an enormous amount of literature, and yet many Chan advocates, medieval and modern, insist that Chan and its truths can be found in neither language nor literature. Patriarchs on Paper explores this paradox by considering several genres of Chan literature that appeared during the Tang and Song dynasties (c. 600-1300), including genealogies, biographies, dialogues, poems, monastic handbooks, and koans. Looking carefully at this body of literature, Alan Cole shows how Chan authors gradually constructed, in ever more artful portrayals, images of the perfectly simple masters of the past, best known for their freedom from literature and cultural norms. Patriarchs on Paper explores how this kind of 'fantasy Buddhism' interacted with its more traditional Chinese forms and in so doing sheds new light on how Chan's illustrious ancestors were created in literature to satisfy a wide range of agendas"--Provided by publisher
Link Online version: Cole, Alan, 1964- author. Patriarchs on paper Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2016] 9780520959750 (DLC) 2016023440
Subject Zen literature, Chinese -- China -- History and criticism
Zen Buddhism -- History of doctrines -- Middle Ages, 600-1500
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