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Patrons and Patriarchs: Regional Rulers and Chan Monks during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms

Benjamin Brose


The Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms has typically been characterized as a period of debilitating violence and instability in China, but it also brought increased economic prosperity, regional development, and political autonomy to many southern provinces. The rise of new sovereign states in the south empowered local Buddhist cultures and elevated Chan (Zen) monks from the margins to the center of Chinese society. The shift in imperial patronage from a diverse array of individual Buddhist clerics to members of specific Chan lineages was driven by the political, social, and geographical reorient ... More

Keywords: China, religion, Chan, Zen, Buddhism, Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms, social networks, lineage, patronage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780824853815
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824853815.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benjamin Brose, author
University of Michigan