<i>Chanyuan qinggui</i> and Other “Rules of Purity” in Chinese Buddhism

T. Griffith Foulk

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:
 Chanyuan qinggui and Other “Rules of Purity” in Chinese Buddhism

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This essay examines an entire class of Zen literature, the so called qinggui (J. shingi) or “rules of purity.” It demonstrates that the qinggui is actually several genres, some written to regulate one particular monastic community and others intended more broadly for all Chinese Buddhist communities. This essay traces the historical origins of this broad genre, its steady development, and its relations to early Buddhist vinaya. Its goal is to clarify the relations between these widely used texts, and show how changing social and political contexts are reflected in them.

Keywords: Chanyuan qinggui; qinggui; shingi; rules of purity; vinaya; Chinese Buddhism

Chapter.  17255 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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