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Wielding Symbols of Authority and Transmission

Steven Heine

in Opening a Mountain

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780195135862
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834297 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195135865.003.0005
Wielding Symbols of Authority and Transmission

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These cases illustrate how Zen masters wield or wear symbols of charisma and authority, including sticks, staffs, and fly whisks, to which are often ascribed miraculous powers. Furthermore, it treats the ritual significance of important symbols used in monastic ceremonies and rites, such as robes, fans, bells, screens, icons, and portraits. The symbols are crucial ways of showing the powers of Zen meditation over the skills of rival forces and figures.

Keywords: authority; fly whisks; meditation; staffs; symbols

Chapter.  10415 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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