Abstract

Abstract:

This essay addresses why poetry is a privileged means of expressing Zen Buddhist dialectics by analyzing Hongzhi Zhengjue's (1091–1157) verses on the "Five Ranks." Hongzhi's poetry synthesizes ultimate and conventional truths in a performative manner by crafting multiple layers of non-dual meaning within conventional, dualistic language.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1898
Print ISSN
0031-8221
Pages
pp. 661-678
Launched on MUSE
2020-07-03
Open Access
No
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