Enlightenment in Dispute

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

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Enlightenment in Dispute is the first comprehensive study of the revival of Chan Buddhism in seventeenth-century China. Focusing on the evolution of a series of controversies about Chan enlightenment, Jiang Wu describes the process by which Chan reemerged as the most prominent Buddhist establishment of the time. He argues that the revival of Chan Buddhism depended upon reinventions of previous Chan ideals, which had been largely lost after the Song dynasty. Wu investigates the development of Chan Buddhism in the seventeenth century through the lens of a series of controversies involving such issues as correct practice and questions of lineage and lines of transmission. Through them, he shows how the Chan revival reshaped Chinese Buddhism in late imperial China and resonates in modern Chinese Buddhism. Situating the controversies and the rise of Chan Buddhism in the historical background of the Ming-Qing transition, Wu points out that the rise and fall of Chan Buddhism was conditioned by the transformation of Chinese culture and society. By examining the role of textual practice and the implication of dharma transmission in rebuilding Chan institutions, Wu argues that the Chan revival was actively coordinated to coincide with the transformation of Chinese culture and society. His study concludes by bringing the Chan revival to a larger historical context and reflecting on its legacies, ultimately establishing a general pattern of past Buddhist revivals.show more

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  • Hardback | 480 pages
  • 157.48 x 233.68 x 38.1mm | 839.14g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 21 b&w halftones
  • 0195333578
  • 9780195333572

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Enlightenment in Dispute stands as an invaluable resource for further scholarly exploration of seventeenth-century Buddhist traditions. Jennifer Eichman, Journal of Chinese Religionsshow more

About Jiang Wu

Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies, The University of Arizonashow more

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INTRODUCTION ; PART I: THE CONTEXT OF SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY CHINA ; 1. Chapter 1. Re-envisioning Buddhism in the Late Ming ; 2. Chapter 2. Literati and Chan Buddhism ; 3. Chapter 3. The Rise of Chan Buddhism ; PART II: THE PRINCIPLE OF CHAN ; 4. Chapter 4. Clashes among Enlightened Minds ; 5. Chapter 5. The Divergence of Interpretation ; 6. Chapter 6. The Yongzheng Emperor and Imperial Intervention ; PART III: LINEAGE MATTERS ; 7. Chapter 7. The Debate about Tianhuang Daowu and Tianwang Daowu in the Late Ming ; 8. Chapter 8. The Lawsuit about Feiyin Tongrongs Wudeng yantong ; 9. Chapter 9. The Aftermath ; PART IV: CRITICAL ANALYSIS ; 10. Chapter 10. Explaining the Rise and Fall of Seventeenth-century Chan Buddhism ; 11. Chapter 11. The Pattern of Buddhist Revival in the Past ; Concluding Remarks ; APPENDIX 1. TRANSLATION OF OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS " ; APPENDIX 2. MAJOR CONTROVERSIES IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY ; APPENDIX 3. SURVEY OF EVIDENCE CONCERNING THE ISSUE OF TWO DAOWUS ; REFERENCES ; GLOSSARY ; DICTIONARIES AND COLLECTIONS ; BIBLIOGRAPHYshow more

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