The Linji Lu and the Creation of Chan Orthodoxy: The Development of Chans Records of Sayings…

Hardcover | January 3, 2008

byAlbert Welter

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The Linji lu, or Record of Linji, ranks among the most famous and influential texts of the Chan and Zen traditions. Ostensibly containing the teachings of the Tang dynasty figure Linji Yixuan, the text has generally been accepted at face value, as reliable records of the teachings of thishistorical figure. In this book, Albert Welter offers the first systematic study of the Linji lu in a western language. Welter places the Linji lu in its historical context, showing how the text was manipulated over time by the Linji faction. Rather than recording the teachings of the illustrious patriarch oflegend, the text reflects the motivations of Linji faction descendants in the Song dynasty (960-1279). The story of the Linji lu is not simply the story of one heroic figure, Linji Yixuan, but the story of an entire movement that sought validation through retrospective image making. The success ofthis effort is seen in Chan's rise to prominence. Drawing on the findings of Japanese scholars, Welter moves beyond the minutiae of textual analysis to place the development of Linji lu within the broader forces shaping the development of the Chinese Records of Sayings literary genre as a whole.

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The Linji lu, or Record of Linji, ranks among the most famous and influential texts of the Chan and Zen traditions. Ostensibly containing the teachings of the Tang dynasty figure Linji Yixuan, the text has generally been accepted at face value, as reliable records of the teachings of thishistorical figure. In this book, Albert Welter o...

Albert Welter is a Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Winnipeg. He is the author of Monks, Rulers, and Literati: The Political Ascendancy of Chan Buddhism.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:January 3, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195329570

ISBN - 13:9780195329575

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"Albert Welter's groundbreaking study of the iLinji lu/i provides a model of comprehensive and innovative historical research. Unlike earlier studies of the Zen master Linji, Welter focuses directly on this classic text, showing how both the text and the image of the Zen master in itdeveloped in the course of Chan history. Linji wrote nothing, and in the two and a half centuries between the end of his life and the emergence of the iLinji lu/i as we know it, the Chan tradition and the image of one of its most powerful masters went through several stages of significant change.Carefully placing Linji's text in its rapidly changing historical context, Welter's systematic study sheds new light on classical Chan literature and the emergence of this fascinating form of Buddhism." --Dale S. Wright, Occidental College, author of Philosophical Meditations on Zen Buddhism