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Chan Buddhism in Ritual Context

Chan Buddhism in Ritual Context by Bernard Faure
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The 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.
Taylor and Francis; September 2005
336 pages; ISBN 9781134431168
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Title: Chan Buddhism in Ritual Context
Author: Bernard Faure
 
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