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Title: La natura e la funzione della genealogia spirituale nel Buddhismo Chan : Trasmissione del Dharma e morte del maestro nel Jingde Chuandeng Lu
Authors: Agliani, Tatiana
Issue Date: 2001
Publisher: Padova, Editoriale Programma
Abstract: There has been a significant change in the study of Chan Buddhism during the second half of the 20 th Century. An ever growing numebr of scholars, beginning with the Japanese scholar, Yanagida Seizan, in the sixties and continuing, more recently with scholars such as Bernard Faure, Griffith Foulk and John McRae, have begun to question D.T. Suzuki's purely doctrinal interpreation of Chan and Zen Buddhism as well as Hu Shi's historical interpretation of Chan Buddhism, and have suggested a new approach to them. They regard the Chan tradition as primarily a religious institution which used spiritual genealogy and the theory of "special transmission outside the Scriptures" to gain supremacy over Chinese Buddhist sects during the 8th Century. As a result, they view the transmission of the dharma and the master's death to be two key elements of Chan tradition. This work will investigate the significance and the evolution of these two elements in Chan Buddhism, examining specifically the description of these elements in an important 11th century collection of biographies of Chan masters, the Jingde chuandeng lu (Records of the Transmission of the Lamp).
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