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

Jiang Wu


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

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

  • Title: Enlightenment in Dispute: The Reinvention of Chan Buddhism in Seventeenth-Century China
  • Author: Jiang Wu
  • ISBN: 9780195333572
  • Page: 163
  • Format: Hardcover



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 investigates the development of Chan Buddhism in the sevenEnlightenment 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 investigates the development of Chan Buddhism in the seventeenth century, focusing on controversies involving issues such as correct practice and lines of lineage In this way, he shows how the Chan revival reshaped Chinese Buddhism in late imperial China Situating these controversies alongside major events of the fateful Ming Qing transition, Wu shows how the rise and fall of Chan Buddhism was conditioned by social changes in the seventeenth century.


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June 4th, 2013. This monograph represents a seamless merging of Chinese and US academic practices. While Chinese academia overemphasize primary materials and ignore secondary (especially Western sinologist) research, US sinologists (grad students, not seasoned researchers) seem to lack (comparatively speaking) a certain mastery of primary materials in Chinese but actively engage with academic discussions in both Chinese and US academia through broad literature review of secondary materials. Wu's [...]


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