Abstract

It is an assertion routinely made that the rise of Chan represents a new stage in the development of Chinese Buddhism. But there can be no philosophical breakthrough without the discovery of new conceptual tools or perspectives. The histories and philosophical meanings of three language-related Chan methods are explored here; it is shown that not only are the methods vital to our understanding of Chan Buddhism but also they explain why Chan is so different from anything Chinese philosophy had seen up until the rise of Chan.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1898
Print ISSN
0031-8221
Pages
pp. 584-602
Launched on MUSE
2005-10-24
Open Access
No
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