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Qisong On Lineage: The Critical Essay Revised And Defended

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The second fascicle of the Critical Essay takes the form of a series of questions and answers. The questions derive, in all likelihood, from reactions to the two sections of the first fascicle. The third section differs from the earlier sections of the Critical Essay in three ways. Qisong defends the Meditation Sutra and Bodhidharma from accusations of Hinayana teachings by asserting that bodhisattvas master all practices, even simplistic and incomplete teachings, in order to be able to teach. Qisong's discovery of the "subtle meaning" of the Meditation Sutra suggests that he expects texts, and, in a broader sense, language to be able to convey at least some of the truth of the transmission to some people. Qisong addresses what appears to be another momentous change, the proliferation of Chan lineage among Huineng's students.

Keywords: Bodhidharma; Chan lineage; Critical Essay; Meditation Sutra; Qisong



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