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Healthy Skepticism, and a Field Theory for the Emergence of Chan Literature

Alan Cole

in Fathering Your Father

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780520254848
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943643 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520254848.003.0001
Healthy Skepticism, and a Field Theory for the Emergence of Chan Literature

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This chapter appraises the Chan literature and offers general comments and perspectives on the Chan genealogies which aim at reducing the gap between the reading public and the master. The essential problem in this oversight is that Chan has always been taken to be about masters, without noticing that the masters were presented to the reader to be desired. These texts were for the reading public—they certainly were not for the masters themselves, who were usually dead before their buddha-stature was created—and thus they have to be read as conduits conjoining the sublime icon of the master and the ordinary reader. It is just this function of genealogical literature as a conduit that draws the eyes of the desirous reader to the advertised master that the chapter tries to recover.

Keywords: Chan literature; Chan genealogies; buddha-stature; master; genealogical literature

Chapter.  12472 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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