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RELG 253 Lecture Notes - Lecture 13: Svabhava, Rinzai School, Middle Way


Department
Religious Studies
Course Code
RELG 253
Professor
Victor S?gen Hori
Lecture
13

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Chan (Zen) Buddhism
Historical Background
Meditation
Dhyana
In Chinese, it's pronounced like Zen
Zen = meditation
Product of Indian Mahayana and Chinese religion
SO IT DID NOT START IN INDIA
Cannot be conveyed by words
Developed its own set of texts
Usually in Chinese poetry
Timeline
50 CE
Buddhism arrives in China
520 CE
Bodhiharma arrives in China
Bodhiharma = Zen/Chan
617-907 CE
T'ang dynasty aka Golden Age of Chan
Doctrine schools
Practice schools
638-713 CE
Sixth patriarch of Chan
845 CE
Buddhist persecution
960-1279 CE
Song dynasty
The lineage
Sakyamuni
Original buddha in India
28 Indian patriarchs
(28th) Bodhidharma
Seng-ts'an
Tao-hsin
Hung-jen
Hui-neng (6th patriarch)
Disciples as brothers
Transmission of virtue through them
Shifu = teacher father
Seven schools and five houses
Lin-chi and Ts'ao-tung
Legend of Bodhidharma
Brahmin prince from India
Meets Emperor Wu, the Buddhist emperor
Funded various buddhist temples and monasteries
Crosses Yangtze on a reed
"Emptiness, nothing holy"
Faced a wall for 9 years after his meet up with the emperor
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