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Introduction: Chinese Buddhism, Lineage, And Qisong

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Chinese Buddhism, a complex and rich tradition, arose out of the convergence of classical and popular Chinese culture with Buddhist teachings and practices that began arriving from South and Central Asia in the first century of the common era. The Indian Buddhist tradition offers no shortage of exemplary figures, beginning with the Buddha himself. Lineage in Chinese Buddhism began as a strategy of legitimation, but as lineage became central to Chan, it came to serve a number of other purposes. For all the richness of the Tang Chan lineage material, the chapter knows exactly what its creators really thought about their history and lineage. To set Qisong's writings on lineage in context, his life warrants attention, and it, in its own way, serves as a window into a seminal period of Chan history and Chinese intellectual history.

Keywords: Chinese Buddhism; lineage; Qisong; Tang Chan



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