Mindfulness and Mindlessness in Early Chan

  title={Mindfulness and Mindlessness in Early Chan},
  author={R. Sharf},
  journal={Philosophy East and West},
  pages={933 - 964}
  • R. Sharf
  • Published 2014
  • Sociology
  • Philosophy East and West
Some scholars of Chinese Chan Buddhism maintain that the innovations associated with early (eighth-century) Chan were largely in the area of doctrine and mythology. In other words, early Chan meditation and ritual practices would have been indistinguishable from non-Chan forms until the emergence, in the Song, of distinctive new methods such as kanhua meditation. This article argues that at least some of the early Chan patriarchs did indeed experiment with a new method (or methods), and that… Expand
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