Tsung-mi's <i>Zen Prolegomenon</i>

Jeff Broughton

Edited by Steven Heine and Dale S. Wright

in The Zen Canon

Published in print May 2004 | ISBN: 9780195150674
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199784615 | DOI:
 Tsung-mi's Zen Prolegomenon

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This chapter analyzes the Chinese Chan Buddhist text, Zen Prolegomenon (Chanyuan chuchuanchi duxu) by Kuei-feng Tsung-mi (Zongmi) (780-841). This text is a descriptive and analytical guide to the teachings and practices of the numerous Chan lineages of Chinese Buddhism in the T’ang dynasty. The chapter describes the life of Tsung-mi, especially his relation to the literati figure P’ei Hsiu, and the evaluative classification of all types of Zen known in China at that time. The essay reflects on the contribution of the Tun-huang (Dunhuang) literature in the study of Zen history.

Keywords: Zen Prolegomenon; Chanyuan chuchuanchi duxu; Kuei-feng Tsung-mi; Zongmi; P’ei Hsiu; Tun-huang; Dunhuang; Zen literature; T’ang literature

Chapter.  18451 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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