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A research of the Northern music Chan monk Qisong and his writings on Chan lineage, this ebook bargains new arguments approximately Buddhist patriarchs, demanding situations assumptions approximately Chan masters, and gives perception into the interactions of Buddhists and the imperial c

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94 Historians have seen a connection between the power of the aristocracy and the waxing and waning of interest in genealogies, which would suggest that by the time Qisong was writing in the mid-eleventh century, when the aristocracy had been largely displaced, lineage was no longer of interest to the elite. 95 In addition, as I suggest in a later chapter, whatever the general interest in genealogy, the imperial court was always deeply concerned with issues of legitimacy and succession. The adaptation of traditional Chinese genealogical patterns for Buddhist purposes was almost certainly made easier by two factors in pre-existing Chinese culture.

II, 284–308. , Vinaya texts III, 370–2. 27 This story also appears in the Mahāparinibbāna sutta, trans. Walshe, The Long Discourses of the Buddha, 274. 22 chapter one Buddha. But the tradition of the five masters betrays an anxiety not so much over the need for authentic transmission of the Buddha’s teachings as over the very lack of the Buddha himself. As a consequence, the masters of the dharma are described in highly dramatic terms as spiritually accomplished adepts, virtuoso preachers, and possessors of supernormal powers.

For Adamek’s comments on Huiyuan’s preface, see The Mystique of Transmission, 35–6. 46 Sanskrit reconstruction following Mochizuki 1:525. Hirakawa gives Kiṃ kārya (Buddhist Chinese-Sanskrit Dictionary, 240), and Charles Willemen renders as Kikkāya (The Storehouse of Sundry Valuables 1–2). 47 On this text, see Henri Maspero, “Sur la date et l’authenticité du Fou fa tsang yin yuan tchouan,” 129–49. Adamek discusses this text in The Mystique of Transmission, 101–110, as does Stuart Young, “Conceiving the Indian Buddhist Patriarchs in China,” chap.

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