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Translation Of Tantras And Other Esoteric Buddhist Scriptures

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The creation of canonical collections signaled more than a wish to be seen in the mold of past culture heroes; it also indicated wide-ranging imperial oversight of the production and circulation of knowledge. The monastery had been transformed into a factory for the production of the Dharma, a place dedicated to the collection, selection, and translation of texts that were then enshrined in the newly printed canon, disseminated to official government monastic libraries, and presented to other states. Despite imperial sponsorship the institute faced serious obstacles during its century of operation under the Northern Song. Linji Chan championed the sayings of home-grown Chinese buddhas - sayings modeled on the ancient Confucian Analects and the Zhuangzi - over the teachings of foreign Indian buddhas. Esoteric Buddhism had been a part of the Chinese scene for centuries, and late Chinese Mahayana was already "esotericized" and would remain so.

Keywords: Dharma; Esoteric Buddhist Scriptures; Linji Chan



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