Chan Buddhism in ritual context [electronic resource] /
edited by Bernard Faure.
London ; New York : RoutledgeCurzon, 2003.
ix, 320 p. : ill.
0415297486 (alk. paper)
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London ; New York : RoutledgeCurzon, 2003.
0415297486 (alk. paper)
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Chan and Zen studies: the state of the field(s) / Bernard Faure -- Imagining the portrait of a Chan master / Wendi Adamek -- On the ritual use of Chan portraiture in medieval China / T. Griffith Foulk, Robert H. Sharf -- Tang dynasty Chan mummy [roushen] and a modern case of furta sacra?: investigating the contested bones of Shitou Xiqian / James Robson -- Filling the Zen shū: notes on the Jisshū Yōdō Ki / Carl Bielefeldt -- Quand l'habit fait le moine: the symbolism of the kāṣāya in Sōtō Zen / Bernard Faure -- Enlightenment of kami and ghosts: spirit ordinations in Japanese Sōtō Zen / William M. Bodiford -- How Dōshō's medicine saved Dōgen: medicine, Dōshōan and Edo-period Dōgen biographies / Duncan Ryūken Williams.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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The essays in this volume, by some of the best scholars in the field, attempt to replace the Chan and Zen tradition in their ritual and cultural contexts, looking at various aspects heretofore largely (and unduly) ignored.
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The essays in this volume attempt to place the Chan and Zen tradition in their ritual and cultural contexts, looking at various aspects heretofore largely (and unduly) ignored. In particular, they show the extent to which these traditions, despite their claim to uniqueness, were indebted to larger trends in East Asian Buddhism, such as the cults of icons, relics and the monastic robe. The book emphasises the importance of ritual for a proper understanding of this allegedly anti-ritualistic form of Buddhism. In doing so, it deconstructs the Chan/Zen 'rhetoric of immediacy' and its ideological underpinnings.
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Bernard Faure Chan and Zen Studies: The State of the Field(s)
Wendi Adamek Imagining the Portrait of a Chan Master
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