The North Prevails
The sixth and final chapter begins with a sketch of sa?gha-state relations in northern China over the course of the Five Dynasties and then explores the effects of the Five Dynasties–Song transition on Chan monks in and around the Song capital at Kaifeng and in southeastern cities. As is well known, beginning in the early decades of the Song dynasty, the dharma-heirs of the renowned Tang-dynasty Chan master Linji Yixuan consistently won the support of prominent Song officials. The biographies of Linji clerics and their patrons in northern cities recounted in the final section of this chapter indicate that the processes of political unification and cultural consolidation influenced a shift in imperial patronage from monks affiliated with the lineages of Yicun and Shibei to the descendants of Linji.
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