Chan Buddhism in Ritual Context
The Chan and Zen Traditions in Ritual and Cultural Contexts
Edited by Bernard Faure
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Chan Buddhism in Ritual Context by Bernard Faure
Book DescriptionThe essays in this volume attempt to place the Chan and Zen tradition in their ritual and cultural contexts, looking at various aspects heretofore largely (and unduly) ignored. In particular, they show the extent to which these traditions, despite their claim to uniqueness, were indebted to larger trends in East Asian Buddhism, such as the cults of icons, relics and the monastic robe. The book emphasises the importance of ritual for a proper understanding of this allegedly anti-ritualistic form of Buddhism. In doing so, it deconstructs the Chan/Zen 'rhetoric of immediacy' and its ideological underpinnings.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415297486
(216mm x 138mm x 24mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 26-Jun-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Bernard Faure
Chan Buddhism in Ritual Context, Paperback (September 2010)
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Power of Denial, Paperback (February 2003)
Asks whether Buddhism offers women liberation or limitation. This work focuses on Buddhist conceptions of women and constructions of gender. It also asserts that the study of Buddhism through the gender lens leads us to question what we uncritically call Buddhism, in the singular.
Visions of Power, Paperback (May 2000)» View all books by Bernard Faure
Looks at Chan/Zen with an array of postmodernist critical techniques. This book probes the imaginaire, or mental universe, of the Buddhist Soto Zen master Keizan Jokin (1268-1325). It draws on texts particularly the "Record of Tokoku" and the kirigami, or secret initiation documents.
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Author Biography - Bernard Faure
Bernard Faure is a Professor in the Department of Religious Studies, Stanford University and Co-Director of the Stanford Center for Buddhist Studies. His publications include The Rhetoric of Immediacy: A Cultural Critique of Chan/Zen Buddhism (1991), Chan Insights and Oversights: A Phenomenological Critique of the Chan/Zen Tradition (1993), Visions of Power: Imagining Medieval Japanese Buddhism (1996) and The Will to Orthodoxy: A Critical Genealogy of Northern Chan Buddhism (1997).
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