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Eminent NunsWomen Chan Masters of Seventeenth-Century China$
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Beata Grant

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832025

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832025.001.0001

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From Beijing to Jiangnan

From Beijing to Jiangnan

Ziyong Chengru

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(p.165) Chapter Nine From Beijing to Jiangnan
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Eminent Nuns
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Beata Grant

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824832025.003.0009

This chapter focuses on Chan master Ziying Chengru. It was on Mount Wutai that she met Chan master Gulu Fan, the monk under whom she would receive Dharma transmission. In her brief description of her meeting with Gulu Fan, she mentioned being tested on Linji’s “three painful blows and his three mysteries and three essentials” and being asked to produce a gatha (religious poem) to demonstrate her understanding of these. She eventually became one of Gulu Fan’s official Dharma successors, and in 1691, she was named abbess of the Eternal Glory Chan Cloister in Beijing. She also served at several other convents in the imperial city, including the Vast Benevolence Convent and the Eternal Life Chan Cloister.

Keywords:   Ziying Chengru, Mount Wutai, Gulu Fan, Dharma transmission, gatha, Eternal Glory Chan Cloister, Vast Benevolence Convent, Eternal Life Chan Cloister

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