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Chan Rhetoric of Uncertainty in the Blue Cliff Record: Sharpening a Sword at the Dragon Gate

Steven Heine


Chan Rhetoric of Uncertainty provides an innovative, critical textual and literary analysis, in light of Song dynasty (960–1279) Chinese cultural and intellectual historical trends, of the Blue Cliff Record (C. Biyanlu, J. Hekiganroku), the seminal Chan/Zen Buddhist collection of commentaries on one hundred gongan/kōan cases long celebrated for its intricate and articulate interpretative methods. Compiled by Yuanwu Keqin (1063–1135) in 1128, the Blue Cliff Record is considered a classic of East Asian literature for creatively integrating prose and verse as well as hybrid or capping-phrase (zhu ... More

Keywords: Blue Cliff Record, Chan, gongan, Xuedou, Yuanwu

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199397761
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199397761.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven Heine, author
Professor of Religious Studies and History and Director of Institute for Asian Studies, Florida International University