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Author Morrison, Elizabeth (Elizabeth A.)

Title The power of patriarchs : Qisong and lineage in Chinese Buddhism / by Elizabeth Morrison
Published Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 305 pages)
Series Sinica Leidensia, 0169-9563 ; v. 94
Sinica Leidensia ; v. 94
Summary The Chan monk Qisong (1007-1072), an important figure in Northern Song religious and intellectual history, has garnered relatively little scholarly attention. This book provides a detailed biography with a focus on the influential historical writings he composed to defend Chan claims of a "mind-to-mind transmission" tracing back to the historical Buddha. It places his defense of lineage in the context not only of attacks by the rival Tiantai school but also of the larger backdrop of the development of lineage and patriarchs as sources of authority in Chinese Buddhism. It advances new
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-298) and index
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Subject Qisong, 1007-1071.
Patriarchy -- Religious aspects -- Zen Buddhism
Zen Buddhism -- China -- History.
Zen priests -- China -- Lineage -- History
Genre/Form Academic theses.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9004183019 (cloth)
9004190228 (electronic bk.)
9789004183018 (cloth)
9789004190221 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Qisong and lineage in Chinese Buddhism