Enlightenment in Dispute: The Reinvention of Chan Buddhism in Seventeenth-Century China

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Oxford University Press, USA, 2011 - History - 480 pages
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Enlightenment in Dispute is the first comprehensive study of the revival of Chan Buddhism in seventeenth-century China. Focusing on the evolution of a series of controversies about Chan enlightenment, Jiang Wu describes the process by which Chan reemerged as the most prominent Buddhist establishment of the time. He investigates the development of Chan Buddhism in the seventeenth century, focusing on controversies involving issues such as correct practice and lines of lineage. In this way, he shows how the Chan revival reshaped Chinese Buddhism in late imperial China. Situating these controversies alongside major events of the fateful Ming-Qing transition, Wu shows how the rise and fall of Chan Buddhism was conditioned by social changes in the seventeenth century.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
THE CONTEXT OF SEVENTEENTHCENTURY CHINA
19
THE PRINCIPLE OF CHAN
111
LINEAGE MATTERS
185
CRITICAL ANALYSIS
243
Concluding Remarks
287
Appendix 1 Translation of Official Documents
291
Appendix 2 Major Controversies in the Seventeenth Century
297
Appendix 3 Survey of Evidence Concerning the Issue of Two Daowus
311
Glossary
333
Abbreviations of Dictionaries and Collections
353
Notes
355
Bibliography
403
Index
441
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Jiang Wu is Associate Professor of East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona.

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