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The author came to this project with a persistent curiosity on religious authority. Long before he encountered the academic study of religion, he was fascinated not only by the beliefs and practices of the religious people around him but also by the question of why they believed and behaved as they did. The author often found himself querying religious people about how they understood and justified their traditions and why they gave religion such power in their lives. This study, in a sense, is simply an extension of such questions into the field of Chan Buddhism. It also represents the intersection of two trajectories: that of the centuries-long development of the innovative notion of religious lineage and that of the life of Qisong.

Keywords: Chan Buddhism; lineage; Qisong



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