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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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Chan Transmission Records and Factional Motives in the Tang Dynasty

Chan Transmission Records and Factional Motives in the Tang Dynasty

(p.41) 3 Chan Transmission Records and Factional Motives in the Tang Dynasty
Monks, Rulers, and Literati

Albert Welter

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the factional motives in the Chan Buddhism in China during the Tang Dynasty using transmission records. It reviews early Chan transmission records that exposes the rise of factionalism in Chan just as these factions are beginning to forge a successful identity in Chinese Buddhism. It analyzes the factional nature of the claims of the three full-blown multilineal transmission records compiled around the beginning of the Song Dynasty including the Patriarch's Hall Anthology, Jingde Record Lamp, and the Tiansheng Extended Transmission of the Lamp.

Keywords:   Chan Buddhism, religious factions, transmission records, Tang Dynasty, Song Dynasty, China, Patriarch's Hall Anthology, Jingde Record Lamp

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