By Bernard Faure
The essays during this quantity try to position the Chan and Zen culture of their ritual and cultural contexts, numerous features heretofore principally (and unduly) overlooked. specifically, they convey the level to which those traditions, regardless of their declare to specialty, have been indebted to greater traits in East Asian Buddhism, reminiscent of the cults of icons, relics and the monastic robe.The e-book emphasises the significance of formality for a formal realizing of this allegedly anti-ritualistic kind of Buddhism. In doing so, it deconstructs the Chan/Zen 'rhetoric of immediacy' and its ideological underpinnings.
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The lore of the Chan patriarchy was reworked in numerous iterations over the course of several centuries. However, the historicity of the biographies and lineages of renowned Chan masters has been undermined by scholarly recognition that the Chan biographical genealogies were by and large products of a period when Chan was at the height of its institutional power and prestige, and had the privilege of canonizing a romanticized view of its origins. Our view of Chan has also been altered by the discovery of a large number of Chan manuscripts in the ‘hidden library’ in one of the Mogao caves, near the Silk Road oasis at Dunhuang.
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Chan Buddhism in Ritual Contexts (Routledgecurzon Studies in Asian Religion) by Bernard Faure