Yanshou and Chan Lineages

Albert Welter

in Yongming Yanshou’s Conception of Chan in the Zongjing lu

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199760312
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199897322 | DOI:
Yanshou and Chan Lineages

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This chapter provides an in-depth look at the Chan sources and patriarchs contained in the Zongjing lu. The omission of Yongming Yanshou’s contributions in this regard is a great oversight in contemporary Chan and Zen studies. Along with the Zutang ji and Chuandeng lu, the Zongjing lu represents a major source for understanding the emerging Chan movements in the Five Dynasties and early Song periods. While Yanshou was committed to a universalistic perspective on Chan that favored no single lineage, Chan lineage remained important for his understanding of Chan. Chapter four provides a concrete look at the Chan sources that Yanshou most prized and the individual Chan factions he acknowledged. Because of Yanshou’s contention that all Chan masters implicitly recognize the importance of scriptures for the study of Chan, his accounting of Chan factions is free of the factional tensions characteristic of other Chan sources.

Keywords: Yongming Yanshou; Zongjing lu; Chan patriarchs; Zutang ji; Chuandeng lu; lineage

Chapter.  13531 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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