Hsüeh-feng I-tsʾun


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A prominent Ch'an master of the T'ang dynasty period, who was a student of the illustrious master Te-shan Hsüan-chien (782–865). His Dharma-lineage was later to include both Yün-men Wen-yen (864–949), who established the Yün-men House of Ch'an, and Fa-yen Wen-i (885–958), who founded the Fa-yen House (See Five Houses). His name derives from the temple he himself established on Elephant Bone Mountain in Fu-chou, where the snows came early each year, giving it the name ‘Snowy Peak’ (Chin., hsüeh feng). Beginning as a simple thatched hermitage in 870, under his charismatic leadership it eventually evolved into a large temple, and Hsüeh-feng is said to have accumulated over 1,500 lay and monastic disciples.

Subjects: Buddhism.

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