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Chan Literature
(23,892 words)

Defining the Category

It is reasonable to reserve the designation “Chan literature” for literary genres that were unique to, or at least invented by and characteristic of, the Chan (禪) school of Buddhism in China. That definition is scarcely controversial, and precedents for it can be found in Chinese historical records dating from as far back as the 9th century. However, there is…

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T. Griffith Foulk, “Chan Literature”, in: Encyclopedia of Buddhism Online, Editor-in-Chief: Consulting Editors: Jonathan A. Silk, Oskar von Hinüber, Vincent Eltschinger. Consulted online on 03 June 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2467-9666_enbo_COM_0063>
First published online: 2020
First print edition: 20151231



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