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Patriarchs on PaperA Critical History of Medieval Chan Literature$
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Alan Cole

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520284067

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520284067.001.0001

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More Local Buddhas Appear

More Local Buddhas Appear

Jingjue, Huineng, and Shenhui

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Patriarchs on Paper

Alan Cole

University of California Press

This chapter discusses how the history of the Bodhidharma family developed in several directions in the wake of Du Fei's Record of the Transmission of the Dharma-Jewel. On one front, at least two masters—Puji and Yifu—came to be officially recognized as Shenxiu's descendants. When exactly this happened remains unclear. It is usually assumed that they both actually were Shenxiu's disciples and in that capacity received his sanction before he died. Besides this uncertainty regarding the timing of Puji's and Yifu's official inclusion in the Bodhidharma family, a number of sources name other masters as Shenxiu's descendants. Looked at this way, the birth of Chan is found in two other historical realities: an increasingly widespread desire—among elite Buddhist—to be included in the Bodhidharma family; and, the multiplication of techniques—literary, artistic, ritualistic and architectural—that made such claims to this legacy appear plausible.

Keywords:   Bodhidharma family, Puji, Yifu, Shenxiu, Chan, elite Buddhist

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