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This introductory chapter presents an overview of this book. It seeks the origin, inception, and content of Li Gonglin faith: who most influenced him, the essence of their Buddhist philosophies, and the ambience of the Buddhist environment they created and demonstrates the activities of literati who, as local officials, supervised the local monasteries. The chapter focuses on Longmian Mountain Villa painting to analyze Li's Buddhist faith. It analyzes his paintings through the perspective of Chan painting history and outlines the development of Layman Pang legends in order to determine the earliest possible date of the extant iconography. The chapter focuses on the concept of "Sudden Enlightenment followed by Gradual Cultivation", as expressed in his White Lotus Society Picture and analyzes bodhisattva Pure Land faith on the basis of Li's iconographic design.

Keywords: Bodhisattva; Chan painting; Layman Pang; Li Gonglin Buddhist faith; Li Gonglin iconographic; Longmian Mountain Villa; White Lotus Society picture



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