Chan Buddhism in Ritual Contexts (Routledgecurzon Studies in by Bernard Faure

By Bernard Faure

The essays during this quantity try to position the Chan and Zen culture of their ritual and cultural contexts, taking a look at numerous facets heretofore mostly (and unduly) missed. specifically, they convey the level to which those traditions, regardless of their declare to distinctiveness, have been indebted to bigger developments in East Asian Buddhism, reminiscent of the cults of icons, relics and the monastic robe.The ebook emphasises the significance of formality for a formal knowing of this allegedly anti-ritualistic type of Buddhism. In doing so, it deconstructs the Chan/Zen 'rhetoric of immediacy' and its ideological underpinnings.

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These collective and quasi-magical ordinations, which were received in the hope of obtaining worldly benefits, constitute another radical departure from the demythologized and ethical interpretation found in most studies on Vinaya. These legends of supernatural encounters, which associate the monks’ charisma with the power of Buddhist precepts, reflect the popularization of So¯to¯ ordination rituals. This popularization occurred between the foundation of local temples and the beginning of the Edo period, during which most of these stories were written down.

This popularization occurred between the foundation of local temples and the beginning of the Edo period, during which most of these stories were written down. During this process of acculturation of Zen, the magic power of ordinations relegated spiritual practice to the second position, and allowed old cults to survive under the aegis of Zen. Another essay that reflects the intense symbolic reinterpretation that went on in So¯to¯ (and to a lesser extent in other schools of Japanese Zen) is Faure’s study of the symbolism of the monastic robe (Sanskrit.

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