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Published: 16 June 2016

360 Pages


ISBN: 9780199397761

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Chan Rhetoric of Uncertainty in the Blue Cliff Record

Sharpening a Sword at the Dragon Gate

Steven Heine

  • Avoids sectarian stereotypes that tend to either blur or exaggerate the sets of relations between Yuanwu and the figures whose teachings he absorbed or influenced
  • Incorporates numerous collections, commentaries, and translations produced in the rhetorical and conceptual pattern of the Blue Cliff Record in China, Japan, Korea, as well as the contemporary West
  • Reveals the broad range of developments of gongan literature in the formative period of the 11th-13th centuries and beyond