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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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A Brief Epilogue

A Brief Epilogue

(p.185) A Brief Epilogue
Eminent Nuns

Beata Grant

University of Hawai'i Press

This epilogue assesses the extent to which seventeenth-century women Chan masters participate in, benefit from, and contribute to the revival of seventeenth-century Linji Chan. The first thing to note is that this was a time when more and more educated women were becoming active participants in the literary world through reading, writing, editing, and having works published, and they, like their male literati counterparts, were attracted and intrigued by this “textual” Chan revival. Indeed, the rhetoric of heroism and equality that was reimagined as part of the seventeenth-century revival of Chan Buddhism provided women with an opportunity to “do what men do”—that is, pursue active and respected public lives as Chan masters.

Keywords:   women Chan masters, Linji Chan revival, educated women, heroism, equality, Chan Buddhism

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