The Teachings of the Patriarchs

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:
The Teachings of the Patriarchs

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This chapter provides an extensive analysis of fragments attributed to Chan masters in the Zongjing lu. Through comparisons with other, roughly contemporary sources, Yanshou’s aims for Chan become clear. The examination focuses on the Chan lineage fragments contained in fascicle one, as well fascicles ninety-seven and ninety-eight, two fascicles exclusively devoted to the teachings of Chan lineage masters. The importance of the Zongjing lu is revealed in a number of ways: through the alternate fragments of Chan master’s teachings it contains (cases where the Zongjing lu fragments expose significant differences with other known sources); through the fragments contained in the Zongjing lu which are not found in other sources (cases where Zongjing lu fragments are our only source); and through its depiction of Mazu Daoy and the Hongzhou faction, which tends to contrast sharply with conventional interpretation.

Keywords: Chan lineage; Zongjing lu; Mazu Daoyi; Hongzhou faction; Chan patriarchs; Chan fragments

Chapter.  22480 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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