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Monks, Rulers, and LiteratiThe Political Ascendancy of Chan Buddhism$
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Albert Welter

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195175219

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195175219.001.0001

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The Historical and Geographical Context of Chan's Official Acceptance

The Historical and Geographical Context of Chan's Official Acceptance

(p.3) 1 The Historical and Geographical Context of Chan's Official Acceptance
Monks, Rulers, and Literati

Albert Welter

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the geographical and historical context of the official acceptance of Chan Buddhism in China. It examines the role rulers and officials played in recognizing Chan and the role of literati in sanctioning the interpretation of Chan that became a hallmark of its public persona as a special transmission outside the teaching. It also investigates that functions that regional Chan movements played in forging a collective Chan identity while reserving the privilege of supreme orthodoxy for their own lineages.

Keywords:   Chan Buddhism, religious acceptance, China, religious identity, literati

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