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Longmian Chan and the foundation of LI Gonglin's buddhist learning

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This chapter focuses on the Longmian religious environment, first examining Li Gonglin's own words and depiction of his Longmian Villa, which yield important clues to his participation in clerical-literati circles. Biographies of the leading Chan clerics, their various activities that drew literati to them, and their achievements in Buddhist philosophy that granted them spiritual leadership of the local intelligentsia - these contextualize the cultural ambience of Longmian Chan. In this chapter the Longmian Mountains region encompasses the area in which, according to literary and historical evidence, Li Gonglin and his cousin Li Chongyuan's moved in clerical-literati circles.Li Gonglin's Mountain Villa, as it formed part of these interconnected Longmian Chan communities, which nurtured and strengthened his Buddhist faith.

Keywords: Buddhist philosophy; Li Chongyuan's; Li Gonglin's; Longmian Chan; Mountain Villa



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