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Enlightenment in Dispute: The Reinvention of Chan Buddhism in Seventeenth-Century China

Jiang Wu


This book studies the revival of Chan Buddhism in seventeenth‐century China. Focusing on a series of controversies, this book argues that the Chan revival was a systematic reinvention of Chan ideals of the past. The revival not only reshaped Chinese Buddhism but also greatly influenced Buddhism throughout East Asia. The first controversy is the debate between Miyun Yuanwu and his dharma heir, Hanyue Fazang, in the late Ming (1550–1644) and the Yongzheng emperor's intervention in 1733. The second controversy concerns Miyun Yuanwu's dharma heir Feiyin Tongrong's Chan genealogy that rearranged co ... More

Keywords: 17th‐century China, dharma transmission, Chan Buddhism, textual practice, Miyun Yuanwu, Hanyue Fazang, Yongzheng, Feiyin Tongrong, pattern of Buddhist Revival, controversy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195333572
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333572.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jiang Wu, author
Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies, The University of Arizona
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