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Author Faure, Bernard.

Title The will to orthodoxy : a critical genealogy of Northern Chan Buddhism / Bernard Faure
Published Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1997


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Description xii, 289 pages ; 23 cm
Contents 1. Shenxiu and His Times -- 2. Shenxiu's Doctrinal Background -- 3. The Northern School After Shenxiu -- 4. Doctrinal Evolution of the Northern School -- 5. The Dhyana Master Jingjue -- 6. The Lankavatara Tradition and the Dongshan School -- 7. The Textual Tradition of the Record
Summary The book is in three parts. The first part treats the biography and thought of the "founder" of the Northern school, Shenxiu, the nature of his followers, and his affinities for Buddhistic scholasticism. The second part studies the way in which the Northern school, after Shenxiu, adapted to new circumstances: changes in imperial policies, the rise of rival schools, and changes in the nature of its followers. The third part focuses on the internecine struggles around the genealogy of Chan as reflected in the Lengqie shizi ji (Record of the masters and disciples of the Lankavatara [School]) by the monk Jingjue. A close reading of this work reveals that it foreshadowed many of the themes and issues that would later come to the forefront in Zen, and contributes, significantly to our reassessment of the teachings and practices of pre-classical Chan
Marking a complete break with previous scholarship in the field, this book rewrites the history of early Chan (Zen) Buddhism, focusing on the genealogy and doctrine of one of its dominant strains the so-called Northern school that flourished at the turn of the eighth century
Notes Bibliography: p235-269. - Includes index
Dissertation (doctoral) - Paris, 1984
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [235]-269) and index
Notes Translation of: Bouddhisme chinois à la croisée des chemins: généalogie du bouddhisme Chan/Zen
Subject Shenxiu, 606-706.
Zen Buddhism -- China -- History.
Zen Buddhism.
Author Brooks, Phyllis.
LC no. 97009658
ISBN 0804728658 (cloth : alk. paper)
0804728666 (paper : alk. paper)
Other Titles Bouddhisme chinois a la croisee des chemins, geneealogie du bouddhisme Chan/Zen. English