The <i>Record of Hongzhi</i> and the Recorded Sayings Literature of Song-Dynasty Chan

Morten Schlütter

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:
 The Record of Hongzhi and the Recorded Sayings Literature of Song-Dynasty Chan

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This chapter offers an analysis of the “recorded sayings” genre of Zen literature by focusing on the Chan master Hongzhi Zhengjue (1091-1157), a well-known Song dynasty Zen teacher around whom an extensive literary tradition evolved. The essay begins by outlining the yulu genre, its origins and development, and then offers a similar study of development in the history of the literature surrounding this one master, Hongzhi. The Hongzhi lu is shown to be composed of a variety of historical layers, each grafted onto the whole over time through a variety of techniques. The text is shown to develop from small collections of sayings circulating during the master’s lifetime to larger official collections, until its eventual loss in China and increasing prominence in Japan.

Keywords: Record of Hongzhi; Hongzhi Zhengjue; yulu; Hongzhi lu; Recorded Sayings Literature; Song dynasty Zen

Chapter.  11988 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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