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Patrons and PatriarchsRegional Rulers and Chan Monks during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms$
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Benjamin Brose

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824853815

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824853815.001.0001

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Heirs and Ancestors

Heirs and Ancestors

The Kingdom of Wuyue

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Patrons and Patriarchs

Benjamin Brose

University of Hawai'i Press

Wuyue’s first kings nurtured an eclectic array of Buddhist and Daoist monks and monasteries; it was only during the reign of the last king, Qian Chu, that court patronage was channeled primarily to monks affiliated with specific sub-branches of Xuansha Shibei’s lineage—primarily the dharma-descendants of Fayan Wenyi. As in the Southern Tang, where many of these monks had initially trained, the teachings and practices of Chan clerics in Wuyue encompassed a spectrum of normative Buddhist traditions—from classic zhiguan meditation, to Avata?saka and Lotus Sutra devotion, to Pure Land faith and esoteric practices. The broad interests of this closely connected network of clerics highlight the ecumenical and inclusive nature of Wuyue’s Buddhist culture, but they also raises questions about the function of lineage and the nature of Chan identity—issues that are explored in detail in this chapter.

Keywords:   Wuyue, Qian family, Tiantai Deshao, Yongming Yanshou, Chan lineage, printing, orthodoxy, transmission, authority

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